Tracy Davidson-Celestine talks to the media after filing her nomination papers. (Image: CAMILLE McEACHNIE)

Head of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council, Tracy Davidson-Celestine, says she wishes former PNM Public Relations Officer and Councillor, Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, well.

This, after it became clear the former PNM councillor filed her nomination papers as an independent candidate for the Scarborough/Calder Hall seat, held by PNM incumbent and candidate Marslyn Melville-Jack, in the Tobago House of Assembly’s January 25th elections.

Speaking to the media just after filing her papers on January 4th with the Election and Boundaries Commission’s Returning Officer at Glen Road, Davidson-Celestine said Tsoiafatt-Angus is free to choose.

“I wish Dr Angus well in her endeavours,” she said repeatedly.

Asked if the former councillor’s move would change the outcome of the results in that district, she replied: “No, no, no.  We have a very strong candidate in the district.  History will show that the PNM has always controlled that electoral district.”

She added: “Based on our information, we are very well poised to bring home that seat.”

Questioned further if the former councillor’s membership in the party will be affected, the PNM Island Council leader sidestepped the question.

“The constitution is very clear in terms of who are the members of the People’s National Movement and there will be consequences for that action,” she said.

Davidson-Celestine is one of 12 candidates fielded by the PNM.  She is vying for the Lambeau/Signal Hill district.

Another political party, the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), also is fielding 12 candidates.

Other independent candidates are: Unity of the People (UTP) political leader, Nickocy Phillips; Ricardo Phillips from the Class Action Reform Movement (CARM); and Anthony Hector.