Political Leader of the Tobago Forwards, Christlyn Moore, has written to Political Leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) Watson Duke over his cancelled meeting with members of One Tobago Voice (OTV).
Moore’s Tobago Forwards is one third of a three-party group – including Hochoy Charles’ Platform of Truth and Ashworth Jack’s Tobago Organisation of the People- known as OTV.
Duke wrote a letter to the party last week, stating his interest to meet with party members of the OTV. But he has since cancelled the meeting, adding that the members, “are a bunch of backstabbers and, apart from that, you all are a bunch of losers.”
In her letter to Duke, Moore said it has been regrettable that the parties could not collaborate in the interest of Tobago’s people.
“But,” she said, “You will admit that this failure rests solely on you and has been exclusively because of your inability to perform any promise that you have undertaken, your propensity for variations of the narrative, and your consequential mismanagement of the truth surrounding your actions.”
She said while she understands that manipulation and misstatement may be the tools of many politicians, it was disappointing to count him in that number.
“I have to say I was disappointed when you announced to the national public in a previous election cycle, that you were in fact a supporter of the ruling PNM. (I have managed to forgive this last matter, though it is difficult to forget.)”
“You agreed to a merger with the Tobago Forwards, under your banner, at a meeting with me in 2019, but thereafter could not be found to implement any of the terms of the merger that you had agreed to, and since then you have studiously mis-characterised our engagement, selling the false narrative that I have insisted on a partnership/coalition.”
She added that he failed to respond to any correspondence regarding the merger, and instead articulated in the public space that his party had instructed him not to merge.
“You fixed a meeting with OTV for July 10th 2020 where the date and time was agreed by your party’s deputy political leader Farley Augustine , and the venue suggested by him, only to have your lady deputy political leader Faith D’Ysreal throw a tantrum about not being a part of the decision making on the venue (sob).”
She added, “You have introduced at least 3 stories in the media, and 3 different ones with OTV leadership about why you requested a meeting with OTV, and why you eventually aborted that meeting. Keeping a story straight is not your strong suit, I have come to learn – I suggest you work on that matter before taking any oaths.”
Moore wished him the best and congratulated him on opening his party’s headquarters in Scarborough.
“While I have not been able to trust you, perhaps the electorate will see what I have not been able to discern, and in so doing install you as the representative for Tobago East.”
“It will certainly be a hard choice facing our people, but they are experienced in separating the wheat from the chaff. May the force be with you and whatever the outcome Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”
She warned that she will respond to all attacks that are directed her way.
“I have held my tongue thus far because a public spat between two people who are seeking to reach a collaborative consensus is not productive, but I have to admit that it has been a failed endeavor, and my collaborative efforts with you, spanning the last 7 years, are now at an end.”
She ended by wishing him good luck in the polls.
OTV has not yet announced their candidates for general election but they confirmed that they will be contesting two seats: Tobago East and Tobago West.
Duke will represent PDP for Tobago East while Tashia Grace Burris was selected as the party’s choice for Tobago West.
Incumbents Ayanna Webster-Roy will represent the PNM in Tobago East and Shamfa Cudjoe will represent the party in Tobago West.