Azan wary of heart at­tack if JLP wins Spald­ings di­vi­sion

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - — R.S.

IF A Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) coun­cil­lor were to be elected on Novem­ber 28 in the Spald­ings di­vi­sion of the North West Claren­don con­stituency, he would be in for a rude awak­en­ing as Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Richard Azan is al­ready sig­nalling that co­op­er­a­tion be­tween him­self and that coun­cil­lor could be sti­fled.

Ac­cord­ing to Azan, he would not feel com­fort­able sit­ting across from a JLP-elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Spald­ings di­vi­sion.

“You can just imag­ine me fi go sid­dung roun’ one ta­ble wid a JLP coun­cil­lor? Dem a come fi meet with me and dress up inna green shirt ... a heart at­tack yuh a gimmi,” Azan told Com­rades dur­ing a di­vi­sional meet­ing in the con­stituency on the week­end.

He said he could never al­low the JLP to once again con­trol the Claren­don mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

The MP, who in 2007 sat as coun­cil­lor for the Spald­ings di­vi­sion in what was then the Claren­don Par­ish Coun­cil, has called for the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate what he said was a sus­pi­cious in­for­ma­tion-col­lec­tion in­stru­ment which he claimed was be­ing cir­cu­lated in the di­vi­sion by a JLP op­er­a­tive.

Ac­cord­ing to Azan, the sup­posed in­tended pur­pose of the doc­u­ment is to record farm work in­for­ma­tion, but voter de­tails were also be­ing col­lected.

The vet­eran Com­rade, in his ad­dress to sup­port­ers, spared no crit­i­cism for the months-old JLP ad­min­is­tra­tion and its leader. He said since the Fe­bru­ary 25 gen­eral elec­tion, Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness and the Labour Party have brought on more “poverty and suf­fer­a­tion” in the coun­try. De­clared Azan: “You see suf­fer­a­tion all over the place. Yuh cyah buy rice ... cyah buy chicken back. Yuh re­mem­ber when An­drew jump up and seh fish back? I want him to talk about that now be­cause peo­ple cyah buy fish back.”

In the mean­time, Azan also told PNP sup­port­ers that Hol­ness’ of­fi­cial ve­hi­cle — a 10-year-old BMW — has been hav­ing me­chan­i­cal is­sues in re­cent times be­cause of “bad gas”.

“Look how much bad gas come. The ve­hi­cle weh the prime min­is­ter a travel inna bruk down last week ... bruk down this week. A bad gas! No­body [has] said any­thing,” Azan said.


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