PDP Deputy Leader Farley Augustine

The Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement(PNM) is taking aim at Progressive Democratic Patriots(PDP) choice for Chief Secretary Farley Augustine.

In a release on March 25, the PNM said he is “uncharacteristically silent” on recent revelations about his leader Watson Duke.

Recently, newspapers’ reports revealed that Duke’s wife received millions of dollars in contracts from the Water and Sewerage Authority and he, as President of Public Services Association, received over $500 million in gratuity yet remained in the job.

The PNM also poked holes in the PDP’s story on its financing of the party’s 2019 campaign launch for the Tobago House of Assembly(THA) and national elections, held at the Magdalena Beach Hotel and Golf Club.

The PNM claimed that Duke and Augustine’s story on the source of the funds differed.
In 2019, they (PDP)told a reporter, supporters funded the event. However, last week, in a Facebook post, Duke said he used his gratuity, the release said.

“Farley Augustine can not remain silent in the face of all of these facts and still maintain credibility in the eyes of the Tobago public. His response, in the present environment, will give us some indication, as to whether he is man or mouse, or maybe just a willing pawn,” the PNM said.

Adding: ” Are you the same Farley who portrayed himself as a champion of morality in public life …? Should Tobagonians not conclude that you are guilty of the highest level of hypocrisy?”

Guardian Media has reached out to Augustine for comments on the PNM’s statements.

Reporter: Camille McEachnie