With her bag of ochroes in hand, she stopped to buy plantains from Paul, a market vendor from Toco.
“Give me four of that,” she told him and he
complied, telling her: “That is $15.”
“I want a pawpaw—a half-ripe one,” Pennelope Beckles-Robinson told the lady standing behind a table of yellowish pawpaws as she positioned herself for an impromptu news conference with TV6 and the Sunday Express yesterday.
It was shortly after 9 a.m. and Beckles-Robinson was nearing the end of her two-hour-long campaign walkabout at the Port of Spain Central Market in Sea Lots yesterday where she was seeking the support of PNM followers to unseat the political leader of the
People’s National Movement (PNM), Dr Keith Rowley, in the May 18 internal elections.
Beckles-Robinson is yet to hold a political meeting since announcing her candidacy for the post of political leader.
Her small group, clad in jerseys and caps with the PNM logo, invited people to support Beckles-Robinson come May 18, greeting well-wishers—some of whom were not supporters of the PNM or who weren’t even registered to vote in the upcoming elections.
The Sunday Express spoke with several of those
with whom Beckles-Robinson interacted, asking if they were going to vote come May 18.
But at least one man said he was not even aware he could vote in the internal elections.
Market vendor Paul complained to Beckles-Ro-
binson that the PNM does not come to the country.
He knocked the United National Congress (UNC)MP for the area, Dr Rupert Griffith.
“So what you think about me running?” Beckles-Robinson asked.
“You going nice, you going nice,” he answered. He complained about the crime situation, saying
it was affecting his business since he no longer comes to the market early but in “daylight”.
He complained vendors can no longer come to the market at 4 a.m., for fear they will be robbed on the highway. Paul said he is not voting.
Michael Rodgers would
not say who he was voting
for. But told by Beckles-
Robinson there were some who said she should not be challenging the leader,
Rodgers said, “You should
do it. That is democracy. You still a PNM but somebody must challenge.”
A group of three men greeted her, “Morning sister, we supporting you all the way.”
The Sunday Express asked them if they were PNM members and if they were registered to vote?
“No, we not regis-
tered,” they answered.