PORT OF SPAIN – Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar has said there will be no
negotiations with the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) to gain control of the Chaguanas
“I am of the firm view there should never
be negotiations with criminals, and so I will not
negotiate with any party which supports criminals,”
Persad-Bissessar stated, via text, to the Express in
response to the question if the People’s Partnership
would negotiate with the ILP with respect to the
Chaguanas Borough Corporation.
The results of the local government elections for
the Chaguanas Borough Corporation on Monday
ended in a stalemate, with the United National
Congress winning three electoral districts, the
People’s National Movement securing three and the
ILP taking two.
During the election campaign, Government
ministers such as Dr Roodal Moonilal and Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan had urged citizens
against voting for the ILP and alleged the party
had a number of criminals who were running as
Meanwhile, the two ILP councillors who
were victorious in their electoral districts in the
Chaguanas Borough Corporation (Faaiq Mohammed
in Charlieville and Simeon Mahabir in Munroe Road/
Caroni Savannah Road) yesterday both declared
they would not be wooed to cross the floor.
ILP interim leader Jack Warner, who is also
Chaguanas West MP, told the Express there were
efforts to persuade both councillors to jump the ILP
Via teleconferencing, the Express spoke to the
councillors together with ILP interim leader Jack
Warner yesterday. They both pledged to remain
with the ILP and follow party directives.
Mohammed said: “At the end of the day, the
people are the ones who voted for us, and we are
committed to provide a service to them. Whatever
representation they have been lacking, we as young
people have to fill that.
“We have to go out there and work for them
and work together for them. We will provide the
people with what they need. They are the ones who
put us here.”
Mahabir shared the same sentiment, saying: “We
are elected to represent our districts and meet the
need of the people. We will work to get it done . . .
. The ILP has a leader, and we will go by the party’s
directive.” (Trinidad Express)