Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has denied claims that the People’s National Movement (PNM) had bribed former UNC officials to defect.
During the presentation of Local Government election candidates at a Special Convention at NAPA, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday night, Rowley noted that all 141 candidates screened and selected by the party were “volunteers.”
He said: “Of the 141 candidates, every single one is a volunteer. We have offered no one an inducement. We have paid no one a fee and most importantly, we have made no one a promise.”
Rowley advised his loyal supporters to not be distracted by issues raised by the Opposition in relation to long-standing national issues such as crime and the economy.
Two former UNC members were presented during the PNM convention – Marcus Girdharie and Sheldon “Fish” Garcia.
Girdharie hopes to once again represent Marabella South/Vistabella and Garcia Arima Central again, but this time in red.