Oudit: Govt squandered our trust
In her first address on the Independent Liberal Party platform, interim deputy political leader Lyndira Oudit said “word on the ground” was that Government members had come into unchecked wealth during the last three years.
Oudit, speaking to a packed crowd at Auzonville car park, Tunapuna on Saturday night, said she hoped that what she was hearing was not true.
“I have heard of mothers and fathers of ministers managing multi-million dollar contracts with no experience to do so. I have heard of persons suddenly having business in Canada, China and even Panama. Suddenly found wealth. I can only hope this is not true,” she said.
While Oudit did not name names she said she remained quiet before because of her affiliation with the People’s Partnership Government, but now that she had demitted office, she was able to speak out on the ILP platform.
“I gave up office so I can speak to you once again,” she said.
“I am firm in my conviction that the Independent Liberal Party is a movement of truth. I prefer to start with a handful of good men and women and help to shape this party upward on sure and sensible footing. I will no longer be associated with a party that is seen as arrogant, spiteful, lazy and neglectful.”
Oudit said the Government had “squandered” the trust and goodwill given to them in 2010.
“Even today, promises would be made and would be broken, of that I am very sure,” she said.
The momentum built by the ILP for last month’s Chaguanas West by-election seemed to continue during the party’s campaign launch for local government elections Saturday night. While there has been no definitive statement coming from the People’s Partnership Government on whether the elections would take place by October, ILP interim leader Jack Warner went ahead with his campaign.
Oudit was speaking when Warner arrived at the grounds, just before 8 p.m., to cheers and applause from the crowd. He was mobbed even as he took the podium by supporters who waved green flags and blew horns.
The party’s first political appearance outside of Chaguanas West drew a crowd that filled the Tunapuna car park.
With horns, music, flags and skits, the launch resembled the template Warner set during the by-election campaign.
A pan rendition of the hymn “You lift me up” was played in Warner’s absence, which was the first song Warner asked for after his victory was announced on July 29.
While Warner’s vocal supporter during the by-election, Parbatie Sookhai, was at the meeting, Warner denied that supporters were bussed in to fill the park.
Interim ILP chairman Robin Montano revisited the failings of “crapaud” politics, saying that the time for tribal politics was over, but went further to say that voters were no longer voting for “black crapaud” in support of the People’s National Movement or an “Indian crapaud” in support of the United National Congress.
“Yes, I am going to talk about race,” he said.
He said every party member coming forward to take part in the local government elections, whether an existing councillor or new to politics, will be screened and must be a performer.
“We are not going to take anybody on who is not a performer,” he said. —Renuka Singh