Robert Montague, the JLP chairman, said the party is not buying the Opposition’s claim that it would not contest the by-election.
“Our operatives have gone out in the field, we have worked, and we have gotten ready. Ruddy resign and before the PNP say dem ready, dem seh dem nah play. The duty of a political party is to win elections, and you cannot win elections unless you run elections. And if you are a political party and, rather than run election, you run from the election, yuh not a political party, you are a social club,” he charged.
“We are saying to them, we have a candidate in whom we are well pleased. Bright, smart, and hard-working. Young Pearnel Charles Junior was made after the good Lord made the first version and him wasn’t pleased, so him make the better version. He is an improved version of Pearnel Charles Senior; he is diligent, he has an eye for detail, and he is the kind of candidate we need,” Montague stated.
“On Wednesday, we are going down and we are going to nominate our candidate, and if dem change dem mind and nominate a candidate wi going to tek dem on… we going to give them a political backsiding the likes of which they don’t dream of,” he said to the delight of supporters.
“We are saying, Sister Patricia Duncan Sutherland (People’s National Party candidate), don’t run away, don’t listen to them, come nominate, we know you can afford the nomination fee, but just in case, we Labourite will collect and pay fi yuh. Wi want yuh to come, we are politicians, and we like elections, wi nuh jus’ waan young Pearnel just come in so,” Montague said.
“Nuh listen di old man dem up a Old Hope Road, dem fraid fi election ’cause Desperado know dat if him call election, when him get the loss dem a go run him weh, but we want to say to such man, nuh worry yuhself , we a go canvass an mek sure him remain president of the PNP because we have something in store fi him and when it get yah a hope dem seh it was inna di pipeline,” he said to roars of laughter.