Yesterday’s Tobago Organisation of the People’s “next move” national executive meeting had to be put off to a date to be fixed, as party leader Ashworth Jack had to meet for most of the day with lawyers seeking advice on whether to file an ex-parte injunction against two members who took legal action against the party last weekend.
That earlier legal move, filed by members Gladstone Solomon and Trevor Gardiner, effectively halted the party’s fourth executive elections on Sunday. Solomon and Gardiner filed a High Court injunction seeking to prevent the executive elections from proceeding. After Sunday’s aborted proceedings the party scheduled a special meeting for yesterday to discuss the next move. That meeting did not take place, however, as Jack met with lawyers instead.
Sources say neither was a new date set for the crisis meeting. Reports are that yesterday there was a virtual shouting match among members both for and against Jack. “It was horrible, the worst I have seen in years,” another source said. Sources say the party remains divided and many want Jack to step down, especially after the TOP’s humiliating 12-nil defeat by the People’s National Movement in January’s Tobago House of Assembly election. Jack was unavailable for comment yesterday as he was meeting with lawyers.