People's National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council political leader Orville London has claimed that within recent weeks Tobago Organistation of the People (TOP) leader Ashworth Jack has been trying to disassociate himself from the People's Partnership (PP) Government, led by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and Tobagonians should not be easily fooled by this action.
"And over the last couple weeks I'm seeing the back-tracking of the TOP Leader. He wants to unlock the embrace, they want to stop looking like they holding hands and they start to make statements," said London last weekend during a PNM political meeting at Mt Grace in the build-up to next month's Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election.
London said the choice should be an easy one for Tobagonians come January 21.
"Regardless of that, the choice is easy for Tobagonians. You must understand that TOP in Tobago is PP in Tobago and PP in Tobago is pressure for Tobago," London said
PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley reminded the crowd of the long history of his party, which has been in existence for the past 56 years.
The red brigade, he said of the PNM, is not a pick-up side, or a pressure group formed in a rum shop.
He sought to dismiss any notion by the TOP that the PNM Tobago arm has been involved in pilfering taxpayers' money.
"If any money is missing in Tobago the body that reports on that is the Auditor General's Department and so far if any monies cannot be accounted for, then they will intervene and they know where the police station is," said Rowley.