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London: I will quit if Warner brings proof

By Elizabeth Williams Tobago Bureau

People's National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council Political Leader Orville London said he is prepared to resign his post if the allegations made against him by United National Congress (UNC) chairman Jack Warner turn out to be true.  

Last Thursday Warner, addressing Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) supporters at the Cyd Gray Stadium in Roxborough, Tobago said the THA Chief Secretary was the owner of a gas station and seven houses. There were also accusations of financial mismanagement and secret PNM deals.

Addressing a crowd of supporters in Delaford Friday night, London challenged Warner on the statements.

"If Jack Warner could bring a shred of evidence to show Orville London owns a gas station or that Orville London owns seven houses I will resign as Chief Secretary immediately and withdraw from the election. But I am saying to Jack Warner, if you cannot prove that, and you come to Tobago and tell that to the people of Tobago, you are not fit to be a public official and you should resign," London said.

"If I have lands then it must be recorded somewhere. If I own a gas station then somebody must know. So I repeat to you Jack Warner and Ashworth Jack if you hearing, carry the message, tell him I am prepared to resign in the morning if he brings the evidence but on the other hand, if it is proven that he has come here to deliberately mislead Tobagonians then he should step down," London said.

London said his fellow PNM officials did not mess with public funds, and one of the things people could say about him was that he did not mess with public funds and if he knew anyone who was doing so, he would get rid of them .

He said since the leader of the TOP cannot be Chief Secretary, his opponents are trying to bring the office of the Chief Secretary down to the level of their leader Ashworth Jack.

London said one of the tragedies of the union between the UNC and the TOP was that the TOP was bringing the bad habits of the UNC to Tobago.

Today the PNM will hold its second round of presentation of candidates at Market Square around 3.30 p.m.

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