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PNM: We are not buying votes

By Elizabeth Williams Tobago Bureau

No corrupt money is being used by the People's National Movement to buy voters for the upcoming THA elections, political leader Dr Keith Rowley has said.

Rowley made the statement as he addressed a political meeting at Mt Pleasant on Saturday evening.  

Rowley said the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP), aided by its partner the People's Partnership Government, was using corrupt means to buy out voters in Tobago.

 "Without any prospect of contradiction, there is no voter in Tobago who can truthfully come forward can say that I have been offered any cash or other inducement by the PNM to vote for a PNM candidate," Rowley said.

Rowley said  Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was now bent on wasting taxpayers' money in filing for judicial review with respect to the $143 million Build Own Lease Transfer (BOLT) Milshirv arrangement, to construct the office complex for the Division of Agriculture.

 "The Attorney General called up a lawyer and instructed the lawyer to take taxpayers' money and go to court pretending to be filing a case, and in his usual way, attacking the Chief Secretary personally," Rowley said.

In addition, he said, the  Government continued to spare no effort in trying to embarrass the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and make the institution look bad, before the January 21 polls in relation to the group of UK investors seeking to recover compensation in the vicinity of over US$30 million from the THA, following a failed land deal.

 The land deal involved lands at Culloden Estate to build a hotel resort.

The investors claim the acquisition of the estate was nearing finality, when the THA had a change of heart.

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