Former United National Congress (UNC) Chair, Jack Warner says he has severed ties with the UNC and has no desire to re-join the party.
Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has publicly stated he wanted to see likes of Warner and former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday back in the UNC fold.
However, in a release this afternoon Warner said while he thanks Khan for his “honesty and frankness” he said he has no desire to re-join the party in any form.
Warner said he had no desire to “inflict the likes of Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the rest of the cabal on the people of the country.”
Warner said the UNC finds itself in political wilderness having lost, he said, all political appeal and currency. Warner says he was hounded out of the party and though he offered the newly formed Independent Liberal Party as a partner in the People’s Partnership in order to “give Chaguanas West back to the UNC,” he says he was met with an emphatic no.
Warner said his being sought out at this time has done nothing to change his mind, adding that he agrees with Khan that the power ranks of the UNC need to be sanitised at this time.
“But that is for the membership to do and not outsiders like myself,” he said.
Meantime, former Dr Khan says he’s not in support of Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s run for another term as political leader of the UNC. Speaking with the media today, Khan said the party has suffered under her leadership.
He says he’s indicated that he’d support her being chairman of the party but not its political leader.
The UNC announced internal elections carded for December 5th 2015 and Persad-Bissessar has launched her campaign. Dr Khan told the media that Persad-Bissessar should have stepped down after the party suffered defeat in the 2015 general election.
He added that former Prime Minister Patrick Manning stepped down from the leadership of the People’s National Movement following the party’s defeat in the 2010 general elections.
Nomination day is set for November 20th and some of Persad-Bissessar’s challengers could include Dr Roodal Moonilal and/or Vasant Bharath. Both, however, have not confirmed their candidacies.