UNC candidate ‘just a middleman, calling the agencies’
Joel Julien email@example.com
United National Congress candidate for the St Joseph by-election Ian Alleyne has said his role in work being done in the area could be likened to that of a middleman.
Alleyne made the statement yesterday during a walkabout in Saw Mill, San Juan, in response to claims made by his rival, Om Lalla, on Tuesday.
Lalla, the Independent Liberal Party’s (ILP) candidate for the by-election, said criminal charges of misbehaviour in public office can be brought against whoever is giving Alleyne the authority to award State contracts.
Alleyne slammed Lalla’s statements.
“In the past and even way before my time, a candidate going up for an election for a government could call the different (State) agencies,” Alleyne said.
“What I am doing is I am just calling the agencies. I have no contract. I have not built a box drain. I am not responsible for 25 projects. I have not started personally 25 projects.
“What I have done is I have called the ministries responsible for the road restoration, the water, the electricity. I have called the different ministries and agencies and they have been assisting me,” Alleyne said.
Alleyne said this was an extension of his modus operandi which made the Crime Watch programme popular.
“As you know, my approach with respect to crime is going after them. I don’t take ‘no’ for an answer and that is the same approach I have taken here in respect to infrastructure and really assisting the community,” Alleyne said.
“So I can’t understand how attorney Om Lalla could say probe me. I don’t understand that. I am loss for words. I am just calling the different ministries, but you need to understand this is election time and they are grasping at any straw right now,” he said.
Alleyne warned the St Joseph electorate not to vote for any “beggar”, but rather someone who will have access to funding to ensure their needs are met.
“When you are voting for someone, vote for someone who is in government, vote for someone who has a track record,” Alleyne said.
Alleyne said he embodied both.
“Put the three candidates together. How has attorney Om Lalla served this country? How has attorney Om Lalla assisted the people? What track record has he come with?
“Look at (Terrence) Deyalsingh. Vote for someone who is in government. What can Deyalsingh give to the people of St Joseph? He is not in government. What can attorney Om Lalla give to you, the people? He can do absolutely nothing,” Alleyne said.
Deyalsingh is representing the People’s National Movement (PNM) in the by-election.
“If I am the candidate and I have started (performing) already, don’t vote for a beggar, vote for somebody in government,” Alleyne said.