Officials of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) have apologised for the tone of the party’s 2020 General Election’s campaign.
Speaking to reporters at a virtual press briefing yesterday, deputy political leader Farley Augustine said many party members were upset by some comments made on the platform.
“Admittedly, we made some missteps along the way. Admittedly, there were parts where our messaging became muddied,” he said.
He added, “For our members and for those who have been clamouring for us to address that, I wish to say to you we acknowledge such errors and we wish to apologise sincerely for those errors.”
In the final days on the hustings, the party’s leader Watson Duke called two women “stink and dutty” after they made allegations against him via Facebook.
The video of his comments went viral. It was trolled on several social media platforms by people making negative comments.
Asked whether Duke’s comments about the two women may have been a factor in the party’s loss at the polls, he said it might have been.
“Sure, that is a factor that the party considered. Sure it is something we discussed. It’s something I discussed with Mr Duke, and it’s something that is regrettable.”
Turning his attention to other issues, Augustine congratulated Ayanna Webster-Roy and Shamfa Cudjoe for winning the two Tobago seats – East and West.
Webster-Roy polled 7,127 to Duke’s 5,866 votes. Cudjoe received 9,275 to the PDP’s West candidate, Tashia Grace-Burris’ 4,501.
Augustine said the PDP is ready to contest the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections and appealed for people interested in representing the party to fill out the required application forms.
He said the PDP hoped to continue its “excellent showing” in the local elections.
He also sent a message to the party’s competitors, “When you think we done, ah come, we are come,” the PDP’s deputy leader said.
Augustine won the Parlatuvier/L’Anse Fourmi/Speyside seat for the PDP in the 2017 THA elections.