THE Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election has implications not just for the THA and Tobago, but for Trinidad and Tobago and for the future of the People's National Movement.
So said THA Chief Secretary and PNM Deputy Political Leader Orville London as he addressed supporters in the courtyard of Balisier House, in Port of Spain, at the "Tobago Day" function.
London said if the PNM won the THA election on January 21, next year, it would win next year's Local Government Election and the General Election in 2015, "because the momentum would have started and the people of the country would have understood that people power can beat money power anytime," he said.
He said if the PNM does not win and win "convincingly and resoundingly" in the Tobago House of Assembly election, the signal that would be sent to the People's Partnership is that as Mighty Sparrow would say "we (in Trinidad and Tobago) like it so".
"And I know we don't like it so," he added.
London said the THA election was everybody's business. The THA election must show that decency would triumph over cynicism, that good people would truimph over not-so-good people.
He said the election was about the calibre of the people of Tobago and the resilence of the people of Tobago.
"Deep down the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago were decent, law-abiding people who could not afford to spend any more time under a regime as despicable as this one.
"This is a crusade to save Tobago and to save T&T. The first phase ends on January 21, 2013," London said.
London referred to Political Leader Dr Keith Rowley as the next Tobago-born prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
Rowley told the crowd that yesterday's gathering was an expression of the support which Tobagonians living in Trinidad had with Tobagonians in Tobago- "that we stand side by side with you in defence of Tobago's heritage".
"We have every confidence that the at the end of the day the decency, that quiet dignity, the ambition of Tobagonians to be the best that the country can be, will prevail when the time comes in Tobago and the time has come," he said.
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