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I remain UNC—Gypsy
Although he was seen at the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) victory celebration on Monday night congratulating re-elected MP Jack Warner, Community Development Minister Winston “Gypsy” Peters says yesterday he remains UNC. Asked if he had any intention of joining the ILP, Peters said he could not predict the future. He also said Warner had not approached him to do so.
He said he could not comment on the political allegiance of his Cabinet colleagues Fuad Khan and Anil Roberts, who were rumoured to be weighing up crossing the floor in the wake of Warner’s victory. St Joseph MP Herbert Volney has resigned from the PP Government but retained his seat. “I don’t know who they are supporting, to be honest with you. I don’t know,” Peters said yesterday during a function at the Mon Repos Regional Complex honouring 28 unsung heroes.
“But politics is something that people support who they want. You support one today, you support the other one tomorrow. I’m UNC. As of now, I am UNC, that’s what I am,” he added. He said for now, there was no reason for him to leave the UNC and he was loyal to his party until there was “occasion not to be,” adding that at present no such occasion exists. “I don’t know what the future holds. What I do know is that Mr Warner is my friend and relative and I will always support him,” he added.
He also credited Warner for introducing him to local politics. Peters said he was not surprised by the election results, which saw Warner securing 12,642 votes as opposed to UNC candidate Khadijah Ameen, who was only able to muster 5,129, according to the latest Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) results released yesterday. “I wasn’t surprised at all, at all. The writing was on the wall,” he said.
Peters said his absence from the UNC platform during the campaign “didn’t mean I was campaigning for or against anybody. I was there looking on. I cannot conscionably campaign against Mr Warner.” Responding to Persad-Bissessar’s odd statement that her government “still has 26 seats in the Parliament and maybe 27,” Peters said he could not second guess her. The ruling coalition originally had 29 seats and the Opposition PNM 12.
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