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Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner stand all alone at his constituency office in Enterprise last night after his defeat in the 2015 General Eelection. Photo KITTY KOWLESSAR

Mission accomplished.

This was the declaration last night of Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner, whose party failed to show at the polls but who said he has shared victory with the People’s National Movement in pushing United National Congress leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar out of government.

Corruption-accused Warner responded “so what” when reminded he had lost in his own bid to snatch the Chaguanas East seat from the UNC, saying “you win some and you lose some”.

He was instead ecstatic that Persad-Bissessar had been ousted and said this was the goal towards which he had worked for the last two years.

Announcing that the “cabal” was dead, Warner said Persad-Bissessar will not again see government “in our collective lifetimes”.

Warner’s jubilation was shared by those ILP supporters who gathered at his Chaguanas East office in Enterprise and many did not hold back the cheers as the results were relayed from late evening.

On several occasions vehicles bearing PNM celebrants stopped at the ILP office to gallery and were met with camaraderie.

Warner said it marks the end of his political journey and he will now look to pass the baton to someone else in the ILP.

Last hurrah

Earlier, shortly after the polls closed, he said whatever the results, it’s his “last hurrah” in politics.

Win, lose or draw, Warner said he was finished with politics and all he wanted at this time was to be able to pay back his hometown in the constituency of Chaguanas East, adding he had hoped to win at least three seats.

He described the 2015 election campaign as the most gruelling in history, brutal and too personal and criticised the length of it.

Warner also questioned the decision by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to extend the voting time in Trinidad due to inclement weather in parts of the country.

This privilege should have automatically been afforded to Tobago since the islands were one country, he said.

He added that the three-month campaign period was also too long for those without the funds to sustain it.

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