He was born into a PNM family in one of the party’s strongholds, yet attorney Sean Sobers is convinced that he can wrestle the San Fernando West seat out of the grips of the PNM.
Sobers, 31, of Skinner Street, San Fernando, was named the UNC’s San Fernando West candidate during a political meeting on Sunday. He was one of the driving forces who contributed to the party securing victory in the local government polls.
During an interview with Guardian Media, Sobers said he lived in the city all his life and was familiar with the problems his fellow San Fernandians faced.
Being a proud San Fernandian, Sobers said he wanted the south city to be recognised and given its due credit.
“This city has been stagnant for too long. There have been no government injections for projects. There are billboards all over the city of planned work to be done but no actual work taking place. We are hoping that some type of infrastructure will be put in place,” he added.
Sobers also said once he becomes the MP he will make representation to provide better resources to the T&T Police Service.
“The Commissioner of Police is working hard with limited resources and I know he has called for a significant amount of resources but he hasn’t been getting the support. I think the think tanks that are operating behind the scenes are failing. No new deliverables have been given to the TTPS for them to curb crime,” Sobers added.
Asked what initiatives will be undertaken by his party if the UNC gets into office, Sobers said he wanted an international call centre to be set up so that people who have information could do so without being targeted.
“Some people have very little confidence in terms of passing information to the TTPS. They believe that information may find its way into the wrong hands. If you have a call centre set up outside of T&T you create significant distance between the person and the relevant authorities to effect an arrest,” he added.
Sobers said he was not born with a “silver spoon in his mouth” so he was aware of the difficulties some people faced.
He said the UNC will initiate poverty eradication programmes and tackle crime from a social standpoint.
He noted that State resources will be used to help people, many of whom were struggling to provide meals for their children under the PNM.
He said it did not matter whether the PNM placed Faris Al-Rawi or Kazim Hosein to contest the seat. “I am not going to tackle personalities. I am about policy and development. It does not matter who is put on the seat. I will win it,” he added.
Sobers said his family were traditionally PNM and he grew up in a PNM community but his parents never taught him to be a blind follower. He urged people who grew up in traditional UNC and PNM homes to question everything before making an informed decision.
Sobers said he attended both PNM and UNC meetings and he realised that the PNM was a dictatorial party which did not take into account the opinions of all, whereas the UNC was more inclusive and open to ideas rather than rigidity.