“HOW sweet it is!”
This is how Dr Keith Rowley last night described his leading of the People’s National Movement (PNM) in its first victory in Trinidad since becoming the party’s political leader.
Rowley’s first election as PNM political leader was in the 2010 local government elections. The party only got three out of 14 corporations in that election.
Rowley said the party was “broken but not defeated” by that loss.
“The PNM has been accustomed to being in adverse conditions but we don’t stay there,” Rowley said last night.
“Within a three-year period we were able to pick ourselves up from a significant defeat.”
Rowley said the party did some introspection before and dealt with its internal issues and then represented itself to the electorate.
The PNM claimed victory in nine of the 14 regional corporations at stake in yesterday’s local government elections.
He said this loss sustained by the ruling People’s Partnership after such a resounding victory three years ago means the Government “has collapsed”.
He called on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to call a general election now.
Rowley said the PNM was able to make its presence felt in “every corporation”.
“Only corporation in which we have not won a seat is Penal/Debe Regional Corporation,” he said.
“We won all the seats in Diego Martin and Port of Spain. We have taken back Arima, Sangre Grande. We won handsomely in San Fernando and we have lost very narrowly in Siparia,” Rowley said.
He said “most interestingly and most satisfying” to the PNM was that it polled the highest number of votes in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation which has been “traditionally difficult”.
Rowley singled out defeated candidate Anderson Williams of Les Efforts West/La Romaine, who lost by only 53 votes.
Asked about chances of competition for the post of political leader in the upcoming PNM internal election, Rowley said like cricket legend Brian Lara does his talking with the bat, he will let the election results do the talking for him.
Rowley said the next step is Terrence Deyalsingh securing a victory in the St Joseph by-election on November 4.