After five years of witnessing our Nation being brought to the brink of destruction and ruin; and after ignoring relentless calls for a return to the polls, time has inevitably caught up with the UNC regime, forcing them to reluctantly set the General Election date at September 7th 2015.
It was the furthest point to which they could have stretched their deplorable tenure in office. In the final analysis, the Election has simply called them!
And now, we have approximately 12 weeks to go - long enough to become weary of the deliberate resistance by the UNC, to what patriotic citizens honestly and sincerely hope for our nation: change, a return to good governance and decency in public office.
It is clear that the full backlash of the UNC Government’s countless indiscretions is taking a severe toll on them and by extension the dignity of our country and people. The UNC is now frantically engaged in trying to present to the country, an expensively contrived propaganda campaign, around the personality of their failed leader, as a substitute for a respectable political party with a record of behaviour that can stand on its own.
Against the fiercest odds, you in our party, and the national faithful, have held the fort; never wavering, never withering, always believing.
Now is the time to accelerate our efforts, if our citizens are to be comforted that they will soon reap the rewards of their patience, determination and hard work. This is no time for complacency.
Soon, our Movement of, and for the People will be rolling out its election campaign initiatives.
We have been extremely meticulous in our resolve to present the nation with a balanced team of outstanding candidates, all of whom will make us proud to be the only great party that has ever adorned the landscape of our beautiful nation. There is none like us; none that can match us, and none that can surpass us in this our 60th year of service to all the people of our nation.
And now, your candidates need your full support and all the time and resources that you can put at their disposal.
The people of Tobago entirely rejected the UNC government’s proxy, in the THA election and embraced the PNM in all 12 seats. The people of Trinidad delivered a devastating rejection to both the UNC and COP in Local Government Elections, and embraced the PNM in over 70% of all the seats available. The people of St. Joseph got rid of UNC and elected our candidate in a hard-fought by-election. Now finally, we will complete the job in 2015 and restore Trinidad to good governance and decency in public office.
The time has come to re-establish the pride of place, which Trinidad and Tobago once enjoyed - one of the most exemplary and beautiful nations in the Caribbean, and a highly respected member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Let us now reach out together and carry our party’s proud record of national development and policies, to unlock the potential of all our country’s people.
You will continue to hear from me as the campaign progresses.
To everyone in the PNM family, all our supporters and the wider national faithful, I say to you, the difference between the country we have and the country we want for our children, is the work we do now and the decisions we make.
So let’s do this right, let’s do this now and let’s do this together!
September 7th, here we come.