|‘GOING GREEN’: Jack Warner greets supporters outside the|
Caroni Community Centre yesterday evening before his
cottage meeting. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE
Jack Warner would be putting down his old political symbol and color as he goes green on July 29. Last night Jack Warner signaled at a cottage meeting that he will be contesting the Chaguanas West by-election.
Warner is expected to launch the symbol and color which he will use on Friday at a meeting in Felicity which he has dubbed “Fantastic Friday”.
At the meeting, Warner said that tomorrow will be the last day he will be wearing the yellow color of the United National Congress (UNC) and green will be his election color. He made it clear that efforts can be made to take him away from the UNC, but the UNC cannot be taken away from him.
His walkabouts in the Chaguanas West constituency will continue.
The UNC with the endorsement of the Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has named chairman of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation Khadijah Ameen as their candidate for the Chaguanas West by-election, over Warner, who received a record 18,000-plus votes in the 2010 general election.
Warner said last night that yesterday, just before noon, the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) ratified his nomination paper and everything was approved — his symbol, colour etc. He noted that his choice of greeen represents the sugar fields in Caroni, Chaguanas and the environs
Noting that the UNC has left him no alternative, he would be running because of love for party which he said he gave his life to. “The bond between you and me is a bond that cannot easily be broken,” said Warner as he disclosed he has a “plan” for his former UNC colleagues which he will unveil come Friday.
“They cannot take the UNC for me,” he said as he dealt with comments from party elections officer Ramona Ramdial that he will be expelled as a UNC member if he contests as an independent candidate.
“Ms Ramdial, cockroach have no place in fowl business, I plead with her tonight to stay out of fowl business!” said Warner.
He said there was now talk of the party’s constitution when the very party has not yet produced any financial records or held a party congress recently. Warner added that all 31 party groups in the Chaguanas West constituency nominated and supported him as their candidate.
He indicated that the support of at least 12 party groups was needed to endorse a candidate, Warner questioned which party groups endorsed Ameen.
Warner said he has no intention of crossing Persad-Bissessar or anyone from the UNC.
“The little boy from PNM, the little girl from UNC, nobody can tell you what they have done, they could tell you what they could do but only I could tell you what I have done and what I will continue to do,” said Warner.
“Because of you, I am never alone and therefore, I say to you tonight, we in Chaguanas West shall rise as a political grain of mustard seed to change the politics of Trinidad and Tobago,” said Warner.
He noted that in Egypt it was a nuts vendor who started a revolution of change.
“We in Chaguanas West have to be the catalyst of change and we shall show them on July 29 that change is here,” Warner declared.
The Chaguanas West constituency is considered a Safe Seat of the UNC.