INTERIM leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner did not receive the same level of support in Mt D’Or as he did in Chaguanas West, or even Laventille, during his visit to the St Joseph constituency yesterday.
Fewer than 40 people showed up at a recreation ground nest to the Mt D’Or Community Centre to meet Warner, who was accompanied by St Joseph Member of Parliament Herbert Volney.
Wearing a dark-green ILP T-shirt, Volney told the Sunday Express, “I have submitted my application form (for membership in the ILP) and now it’s up to the party to accept it.”
Volney once held the post of Justice Minister but was fired last year by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar after she blamed Volney for the early proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act, 2011.
Volney walked with Warner’s entourage yesterday and was the voice behind the microphone urging people to come out and give their support to Warner.
A number of residents came out, but stood near their homes as Warner passed by.
Some gave him kisses while others urged him to conduct a more thorough tour of the area to see some of the problems they faced.
One woman came out and lamented that her home had been flooded out since last year and nothing had been done for her.
Another woman along with her neighbour attempted to steer Warner into the Springvale community which is within the Mt D’Or area but he told them that he could not.
Warner during his meeting at the recreation ground explained that he visited two areas in Laventille yesterday morning, two areas in Central Trinidad, then Mt D’Or following which he had yet another meeting in Chaguanas.
It appeared, however, that the majority of Mt D’Or residents only wanted to see Warner and although he had to spend several minutes speaking to some constituents, a lot of them did not follow him to the ground.
One woman declared, “Ah love you eh Jack, but ah staying with meh PNM.”
At the ground, Warner lashed out at the People’s Partnership administration, saying they were corrupt and that they did not take care of their rank and file supporters.
He chided the Government for using Volney, who Warner said was lured out of his comfortable job, only to be fired later because it became politically viable for the party to do so.