“I was right.”
Interim political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner said yesterday that he was right and felt a sense of vindication with Ian Alleyne emerging as the United National Congress (UNC) candidate for the St Joseph by-election.
In September, Warner at an ILP public meeting at Market Square, Point Fortin, disclosed that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan were wooing Alleyne to be the UNC’s candidate.
“Things are so bad with them, last Thursday the AG calls Ian Alleyne, he puts Kamla on the other line and the AG is begging Ian to go up for St Joseph, telling Ian that if he accepts they will make him Minister of National Security,” Warner had said.
On the heels of Warner’s allegation, Alleyne mounted the People’s Partnership platform in San Fernando to publicly tell Warner “thou shall not lie”.
“A lot may be surprised to see me on this platform, but I came here to settle a score. Recently, you have heard Jack Warner making statements that I, Ian Alleyne, called the Attorney General or vice versa, and he conferenced me on a call with the Prime Minister, telling me that I should be the candidate for St Joseph. The last time I spoke to the Prime Minister was in 2011. The last time I spoke to the Attorney General was a couple weeks ago,” Alleyne had said.
On Monday, Alleyne submitted nomination papers as the UNC’s candidate for the November 4 by-election.
At the People’s Partnership public meeting on Monday night in Fyzabad, he claimed it was Warner’s “lie” that brought about his candidacy.
“You see what a lie can do?” he said, adding that if Warner kept on lying he (Alleyne) will emerge victorious at the polls.
Speaking to the Express by phone, Warner said he felt vindicated and the people of this country will decide their own future how they vote.
“I will not dignify anything Mr Alleyne say or do, I will not be part of the circus that he has brought the politics of this country to,” said Warner.
“I do feel a sense of vindication. I was right. The country is not stupid, this man is making an ass of himself, he’s a clown of the worst kind and if that is what the UNC think of the people of St Joseph, to impose Ian Alleyne on them, then so be it. What I said has been proven to be correct, so be it.”
Warner said the choice of Alleyne as the UNC candidate was a poor reflection on the leadership of the Prime Minister, which he will elaborate on more at the ILP’s public meeting tonight in Rio Claro.
Attorney Om Lalla, former friend of Alleyne, has been selected as the ILP’s candidate for the St Joseph by-election.
“I have respected the dignity of the people of St Joseph by putting a candidate of the calibre of Om Lalla,” said Warner.
Former St Joseph MP Herbert Volney said yesterday that he was concerned over Alleyne’s public declaration that he (Alleyne) became the UNC candidate based on untruths perpetuated by Warner.
He said Alleyne clearly does not have the interest of the people at heart.