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T&T | Jack Warner is Back - To contest elections under ILP Ticket

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Featured  Independent Liberal Party (ILP) political leader Jack Warner fields questions from the media yesterday at his Arouca office after filing nomination papers for the Lopinot/Bon Air West constituency. Independent Liberal Party (ILP) political leader Jack Warner fields questions from the media yesterday at his Arouca office after filing nomination papers for the Lopinot/Bon Air West constituency.
PORT-OF-SPAIN,  July 18, 2020 - The controversial, enigmatic and mercurial Jack Warner is back. Yesterday he announced he is contesting the Lopinot/Bon Air seat under an Independent Liberal Party (ILP) ticket.The 77-year-old Warner whose political gamesmanship is rivalled only by the legendary Basdeo Panday, filed his nomination papers on Friday morning under the ILP  which he founded in 2013, after breaking away from the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People's Partnership.

Speaking at a news conference at his Arouca office, Warner said there is more corruption under the Rowley Government than the former Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration.

He said the difference is that the corruption is now “subtle” and although he has information on the corruption taking place he does not feel it prudent at this time to take it to the police.

Warner began his news conference disclosing that in May 2014 he met former prime minister Patrick Manning at his San Fernando home and he (Manning) begged him to not be of any assistance to Keith Rowley and Colm Imbert because they will “ruin” T&T.

He said Rowley had promised that under his tenure there will be no corruption and reduced poverty but instead the country has gotten worse.

Warner said in 2015 he disregarded Manning’s request and he agreed to “secretly” meet with Rowley in Westmoorings.

“We met there every Tuesday for almost three months,” he said, adding they strategised for the PNM victory in 2015. He said he is not open to talks with Rowley because it’s “too late” but will not rule out sitting with Persad-Bissessar.

He says if votes are split and he holds the deadlock seat, he’ll have a lot to think about. “If the vote is 20/20/1, I will consult with my executive to decide what the next step should be,” he said.

Warner said it was because of the choice of the UNC and PNM Lopinot/Bon Air West candidates, the PNM’s candidate Marvin Gonzales and the UNC’s candidate Prakash Williams why he decided to contest the elections in that constituency.

In response to Warner’s announcement yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said Warner has got to be the most bold-faced person in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Jack Warner is a person who should not offer himself for elections if he believes that we should subscribe to high standards. As a matter of fact he spent five years promoting himself and attacking me and the Government for being unfit to hold office,” the Prime Minister said.

Warner was elected Chaguanas West MP in 2010, under the PP, and won the seat again in 2013 in a by-election as the ILP candidate, which he triggered when he resigned the seat after he was fired by Persad-Bissessar.

Warner, lost the Chaguanas West seat in 2015 to the United National Congress' Ganga Singh. He  is currently fighting extradition to the US on alleged corruption charges that stem from his role as vice president of FIFA.

Warner was implicated in a bribery scandal and suspended by FIFA before resigning in 2011.

In 2013, a Concacaf integrity report claimed Warner had committed fraud and the then prime minister Persad-Bissessar fired him over the allegations.

In 2015, Warner (along with several other FIFA officials who were arrested in Zurich before the annual FIFA Congress) was charged in the United States with "wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering."

FIFA also banned him for life.

In April this year, Warner dismissed an Associated Press report on new details of the alleged bribes, including that he received US$5 million to support Russia's winning bid for the 2018 World Cup.

The US indictment also accuses Warner and other former FIFA executives of committing fraud to secure votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

Last modified onSaturday, 18 July 2020 19:13
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