Jack to ex-MP: Don’t go to court, force a by-election
Interim leader of the Independent Liberal Party, Jack Warner, said yesterday he will beg Herbert Volney to not wage a legal battle to keep the St Joseph seat but instead force another by-election so Government can again face public opinion.
House Speaker Wade Mark yesterday declared the St Joseph seat vacant which follows Volney resignation from the United National Congress (UNC) on July 30. Volney has 14 days to legally challenge the Speaker’s ruling.
Speaking to the media following the adjournment of the Parliament, Warner said although Volney was right to launch a legal case against this move, he (Warner) believes the real battle should be at the polls.
“I think this is the beginning of the end for Mrs (Kamla) Persad-Bissessar.
“I have borne every level of indignity from this Government and what I saw today is nothing but a travesty of justice and it was solely done because Volney decided to come across to the ILP. I don’t think it was constitutionally correct, I don’t share the sentiments of the Speaker and I will tell Mr Volney not to even pursue it in court,” said Warner.
“I would beg him not to pursue it in court, I would beg him to pursue it in the court of public opinion because the Government must be tried in the court of public opinion and that is where I will begin,” he added.
Warner said Volney had indicated to him he was no longer interested in electoral politics so therefore if a by-election was called Volney would not be contesting.
Warner, the Chaguanas West MP, said his party will definitely contest the seat.
“I want Mrs Persad-Bissessar to come and fight ... in St Joseph as she did in Chaguanas West,” he said.
“I want him (Volney) to force a by-election in St Joseph and let us see how strong the Government is,” he added. —Anna Ramdass