Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley does not want Tobago to achieve internal self-governance, Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar said at a political meeting in Mt Pleasant on Monday evening.
“Some few people always vex by my visit, but my visit will not be the first or the last. I am not afraid, there are more for me than those against me. I am the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago,” Persad-Bissessar said in reference to two separate protests against her on Sunday and again on Monday on the sister isle
Persad-Bissessar said with respect to the Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago) 2013 Bill to be debated in Parliament today,
“Well, if Dr Rowley had his way, there will never be a time for internal self-government in Tobago.”
Of the recently released findings of the Market, Facts and Opinion poll commissioned by the Express which show a dip in the approval rating of the People’s Partnership government, the Prime Minister said:
“The polls teach us what the challenges may be, the polls tell us we must work harder, but the real poll is on Monday, January 21, 2013, that is the real poll.”
Persad-Bissessar said the real reason the People’s National Movement (PNM) does not want the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) to win Monday’s election was because of money, and the desire to control the increasing wealth of Tobago, especially with respect to the discovery of natural gas.
“Tell them there is no way you will allow them again to squander the heritage, the birthright, the patrimony of the people of Tobago.”
She said while the PNM spoke of her disrespecting Tobago, the PNM administration under former prime minister Patrick Manning, disrespected their own year after year, but not a word was said by their counterparts in Tobago, until May 2010 after her government won the general election.
“When his own Prime Minister was there he had not a word to say, and that Prime Minister never visited the PNM offices, and they talk about disrespect.”