PORT OF SPAIN – Hecklers crying “sell-out” did not seem to faze United National Congress candidate for St. Joseph, Ian Alleyne, who after weeks of speculation yesterday filed nomination papers for the November 4 by-election.
Harangued by supporters of the Independent Liberal Party outside the Aranjuez office of the Elections and Boundaries Commission after filing his papers, Alleyne said: “I do not want to respond now with respect to what they are saying about ‘sell-out’. I am not going to get into a shouting match.”
Yesterday’s nomination day may be one of the more colourful in recent election history, with loud clashes between supporters of the UNC and the ILP, for which Alleyne’s former friend and attorney Om Lalla will contest the St Joseph seat. The two were reported to have parted ways within recent weeks due to political differences.
Lalla was also a partner and co-host on Alleyne’s Crime Watch television show, which Alleyne announced yesterday would be on hold for the next 14 days, as he campaigns across the country. As he exited the EBC’s office, Alleyne was the subject of a chant of “sell-out” by ILP supporters.
Alleyne had last week strongly and categorically denied claims by ILP interim leader Jack Warner that he had met Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan at the Hyatt Regency on the Port of Spain Waterfront Complex, where they were trying to woo him to run for St Joseph.
Warner had also claimed that he was offered the position of minister of national security.
Alleyne later appeared on a UNC platform, where he denied being courted or being offered the ministry, as had been suggested by Warner.
Alleyne had said then that he was “not for sale” and “no politician could buy” him.
“Thou shalt not lie, Jack,” he had thundered at the time. (Trinidad Express)