More than 200 persons attended a special appreciation function hosted by the People’s National Movement last Saturday. The venue was the spacious and scenic Nia Valley Estate at Matilda, Princes Town, and the function was billed as ‘A Let’s-Do-It-Together-Evening’.
The event was hosted by the party’s Deputy Political Leader, Party & Election, Joan Yuille Williams, in appreciation of party faithful, supporters and benefactors who gave of their time and resources during the recent General Election campaign.
Specially invited guests represented the ‘Magnificent 7’ constituencies of Fyzabad, Naparima, Oropouche East, Oropouche West Princes Town, Siparia and Tabaquite.
In a brief address, Ms. Yuille Williams answered the question: Why Maginificent 7, noting that these 7 constituencies played a vital role in the elections of September 7th, which resulted in the PNM’s Dr. Keith Rowley being elected as the country’s 7th Prime Minister.
Ms. Yuille Williams added that while the ‘Magnificent 7’ candidates did not win their seats, they all won the hearts and minds of the people, and needed to be congratulated for their work, their success and their role in building the PNM of the future. She said that all who contributed to the PNM victory must be acknowledged and appreciated for standing tall and proud, relentless and strong, and rallying around the party against all odds.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, the lone female candidate Marsha Bailey recalled that she created history by amassing more than 8,000 in the Fyzabad constituency. She praised the other candidates for collectively increasing the PNM vote in all their constituencies, and for winning over popular support for the party.
Also addressing the gathering was Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator Clarence Rambharat, who raised a toast to the party’s Political Leader, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, in honour of his 66th birthday.
The formalities aside, the evening surpassed all expectations. Food and drinks were in adequate supply and, the entertainment was left nothing to be desired. The inimitable ‘Abebele’ opened the show with a full 45-minute repertoire of kaiso classics, extempo and R&B, while solo artiste Jason ‘Fridge’ Seecharan, formerly of H20 Phlo, rendered some scintillating numbers straddling several musical genres.
Moricia Kegan and Nigel O’Connor lead singers of the now defunct Divine Echoes literally brought the house down, as they served up a command performance of their own.
Following the live entertainment, house DJ Black Sheep kept up the tempo, as patrons danced well into the night, in the ambience and safety of the enchanting Nia Valley Estate.