The Centre of Excellence is not for sale and never was.
So said leader of the Independent Liberal Party Jack Warner as he responded to newspaper reports that Concacaf had challenged his claim to ownership of the Centre of Excellence. Concacaf has filed a caveat against Warner, preventing him from passing title of the Centre of Excellence to any person or body.
In a release issued yesterday Warner said, “If anyone can come forward with an iota of evidence to support that the Centre of Excellence is being sold by Jack Warner to any consortium of businessmen, local or foreign, I will sell all my worldly possessions to that person for one dollar.”
“If Concacaf indeed has filed a caveat against me, all I can say is that both Concacaf and FIFA have unlimited funding and they can spend their money as they wish if they want to do that,” he said. Warner stated that Concacaf did not have any equitable interest in the Centre of Excellence and had no claims to ownership.
Warner said he was told by his friends in Government that this is just the beginning of many attacks to be levelled against him, to discredit him as a person and “as a threat to the political landscape”.
He said was the told by some of his former Cabinet colleagues that the contents in the issue—in newspaper articles—was the subject of discussion in Cabinet only last Thursday.
“My sources have even told me this is a personal attack against me by the Attorney General and advised that I should not be shocked if he himself called Concacaf to pursue this action.
Warner said if FIFA and Concacaf wished to allow this People’s Partnership Government to influence them to become embroiled in local politics, that was “sad and disturbing”.
“Instead of seeking to discredit Jack Warner, I wish to advise the ‘Piggy Partnership’ to focus on correcting the sexual immorality and corruption scandals that are now plaguing the coalition and leave Jack Warner alone.”
Warner said it was also frightening that the local press could be influenced by the Attorney General.
“This is the same local press that found 100 DEA agents in Trinidad; the same press that cannot even inform us about outstanding stories such as emailgate; the multimillion dollar drug bust; the accident involving a Chaguanas West constituent whose leg was run over by the Attorney General’s driver, and the use of confidential information from a police file on a political platform.