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Oudit makes debut at ILP election launch (with CNC3 video)
Lyndira Oudit sent out a call to political “fence sitters” on Saturday night, warning them that sitting on the fence could cause them to split. She said she wanted to remain whole, “so I resigned.” Oudit, an interim deputy political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), made her debut at the party’s local government election campaign launch at Auzonville, Tunapuna.
Just days after resigning as a member of the United National Congress (UNC) and Senate vice-president, she told ILP supporters that neither the People’s Partnership nor the People’s National Movement (PNM) were worthy of citizens’ votes. Oudit said the PNM’s victory in the THA elections earlier this year was not a vindication of the opposition party since they spent more time focusing on ILP interim leader Jack Warner than on relevant issues. She described members of the PP government as “ungrateful” for their treatment of Warner.
“It was Warner who put them in office,” she said. Oudit said some parliamentarians had been boasting of newfound wealth obtained by corrupt means, multimillion-dollar contracts managed by family members, public officials getting new properties and businesses in Canada and India, and money transfers to foreign destinations, with “Panama being a preferred choice.”
Among those at the ILP launch was businessman Inshan Ishmael who told the T&T Guardian: “The ILP is the only option!" He said the PP, which he once supported, stood for lack of representation and broken promises. ILP chairman Danny Montano opened the meeting by reiterating Warner’s claim that Laventille had gone green and introduced former UNC supporter Dane Francois to address the meeting. Francois said the ILP was the only alternative to the PP since in the “other party” there is “a mayor waiting to launch an insurrection.”
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