MOST citizens concluded on Monday night that the United National Congress (UNC) had suffered an election loss, but Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar showed up at the party’s Rienzi Complex, Couva headquarters shortly before midnight, to celebrate.
Led in by dancers and tassa drummers and showered with confetti, Persad-Bissessar arrived at 11.23 p.m, with music trucks blasting the campaign song “Home” sung by American Phillip Phillips.
A jubilant Persad-Bissessar hugged and kissed almost every person on her way to the stage. At the podium, she showed no sign of sadness or disappointment, whipping off her spectacles and handing her yellow scarf to one of her ministers.
Persad-Bissessar said “Now I see Ian Alleyne has a thing so I am going to try it, shall I?”
She then took the microphone off the stand and began walking about.
“UNC posse! Today, today, today, God has been good to us. Always the God Lord does not sleep. He only wears pyjamas” she said.
She then proceeded to hail out the ministers at the head table, including Marlene Coudray, Dr Roodal Moonilal, and Suruj Rambachan.
Special attention was given to Trade Minister Vasant Bharath, who was the campaign coordinator for Chaguanas, for “bringing home” Felicity/Endeavour.
Persad-Bissessar was not sure of how many corporations the UNC won and had to be advised several times by the ministers during her speech.
She said she came prepared with a very long speech and spent 16 minutes speaking.
The UNC candidates at Rienzi Complex were also called to join Persad-Bissessar on stage, with all of them thanking her and pledging continued support for the party.
The Prime Minister ended her speech by saying “Stand with me, hold my hand, let’s bring everybody back home.”
She then led the crowd into singing the campaign song, before leaving to visit supporters in Felicity.