Alexander: PEP never ‘begged’ to be part of UNC alliance

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Progressive Empowerment Party PEP political leader Philip Alexander addresses supporters at the party’s presentation of candidates for the local government elections, at Centre of Excellence, Macoya on July 12. – Photo by Anisto Alves

The political leader of the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP), Phillip Edward Alexander, strongly denies a July 10 report, published in the Newsday, that he “begged” to be a part of a UNC-led alliance with the NTA and MND.

The PEP is contesting the local government elections on August 14.

In a legal letter, Alexander’s lawyers said statements in the article were untrue and that they gave the impression that he was untrustworthy and dishonest with the public and his followers, and unfit to hold public office.

He maintains that neither he, nor the party, is interested at this time in any partnership with the UNC, a position he has stated publicly in the past. He said he has publicly stated that he rejected such an offer.

Newsday in response apologises to Alexander for the statements which it retracts, having found that they were untrue and erroneous. Newsday regrets any inconvenience, hurt and embarrassment caused to Alexander, and did not mean to disparage his character or that of the party.