Watson

Watson Duke emerged from court after being granted bail. Photo: GYASI GONZALES

Watson Duke, who is charged with rape, four sex related offences, and sedition, intends to provide an option to “vex voters” in the 2020 general elections.

Duke, who is president of the Public Services Association (PSA) and the political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP),

announced on Monday that the PDP will contest seats in Trinidad and Tobago in the upcoming general elections.

The seats will be revealed at a mass meeting in Tobago in October.

In an interview with the media on Monday, Duke said the time had come for the government of Trinidad and Tobago to take the face of a simple man.

He said too many people were dissatisfied with the People’s National Movement (PNM) and he was providing a viable option.

“I will not be running for seats in Tobago alone. I have done my homework and we recognise there are many people who are vex. We will create seats in these areas and we will be waiting for those who want to cast a vex vote,” he said.

Duke said Laventille was no longer a PNM stronghold, as Penal was no longer a UNC stronghold.

He said, however, that the party had little resources but enough energy to campaign.

Asked whether his sedition charge would affect his chances at the polls, Duke said he had faced 31 matters before the court.

He said he was no threat to society and citizens were seeking a leader who was strong and prepared to fight for their rights.

“Those charges were trumped up and came one year after I challenged the PNM in Tobago,” he said.

Duke said he certain of victory in Tobago and he was prepared to work in Trinidad in the coming months.

“You have to fight the politicians where it hurts the most, in the vote bank. And when they pull that bank it should be empty,” he said.

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Duke said he did not attend a prestige school and was a “yard man” who had risen through the ranks.

He said the PDP would not be morphed into any other political party but would maintain its identity.

Following the 2020 general elections, however, the party’s executive may consider having discussions with other entities.

Asked whether he intends to write the Police Complaints Authority on his recent arrest, Duke said no.

Duke, who is also the Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly, was taken to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court shortly after he was discharged from hospital on Friday.

He was released on $250,000 bail.

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