Farley Augustine has “lost the confidence of the people”

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Farley Augustine has “lost the confidence of the people”

Farley Augustine has lost the confidence of the people of Tobago.

This is the assertion of Tobago based political analyst Dr Vanus James.

His comments come after Augustine, along with other members of his THA administration, resigned en masse from Watson Duke’s PDP party.

Duke and Augustine fell out earlier this year, which resulted in Augustine and several other senior PDP members being ejected from their party posts.

Augustine and those who were ejected, along with several other THA members, yesterday revealed that they have all resigned from the party and will now function as Independents.

Speaking on Power 102 Digital’s Power Breakfast Show, Dr James said the breakup of the PDP has had a deleterious effect on the public’s confidence in Augustine.

PNM Tobago Council leader Ancil Dennis and Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Minority Leader Kelvon Morris have meanwhile called on THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine to call new elections.

Dennis said Augustine and his colleagues cannot now promote themselves as independent political representatives.

Dennis argued that the “right and ethical thing” for them to do is to go back to the polls and “run as independents and be elected as such”.

However, Dr James disagreed with this stance, noting that the current THA leadership can escape the situation if they take a more democratic approach toward Governance.