The incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) is ready to face the battle as it seeks to secure a second term in Office.
The party held a massive rally at La Sagesse, St. David’s on Sunday and gave a clear indication that it is prepared to face whatever attacks may be thrown at the Congress stewardship in government over the past four years.
In his address, Prime Minister and Political Leader, Tillman Thomas recognised that the campaign is an important one for his party and said that the outcome of the polls will determine where the country will head as a nation.
He charged that in the four-and-half-years of Congress Government, they have laid a foundation and it is now time to build on the groundwork that was laid.
He warned the people of Grenada against allowing any other political party to derail the integrity that has been restored in the governance of the country.
The NDC Political Leader said the main opposition New National Party (NNP) that has been in Office for 13 years was only able to deliver to crooks and conmen at the expense of the country.
“Nothing should be done to derail or undermine the foundation that has been laid in the governance of this country,” he told the large gathering.
Prime Minister Thomas impressed upon the people of Grenada to be concerned about their future by selecting at the polls the people who are trustworthy and capable to forge ahead with sound policies and programmes.
Deputy Political Leader, Nazim Burke believes that the 2013 General Elections would be the most decisive elections since post-independence.
Burke told party supporters and the rest of the nation they would be called upon on February 19 to choose between Prime Minister Tillman and the Opposition Leader, Dr. Keith Mitchell.
“You will be called upon to decide on February 19th whether you want a Prime Minister who is accused of accepting $500,000.00 in a briefcase, or whether you want Tillman Thomas,” he said.
Burke stressed that every organisation finds its character in its leader.
Without calling names, the Number Two Man in the Congress accused some of the expelled members of the party of being in collusion with the opposition NNP in an attempt to unseat the government.
However, he said the NDC is confident that the people of Grenada will give Congress a second term to complete the mission that was started four years ago.
There are unconfirmed reports that one of the expelled Congress members was spotted at the NNP public rally at Sauteurs on Sunday helping in the distribution of green jerseys.
The same official has reportedly been campaigning in St. Patrick asking some persons to vote for NNP and not NDC.
Chairman of the NDC, Franka Bernadine who also addressed the Congress rally in St. David’s told supporters that as much as they are in a joyous mood there is serious business before them.
Bernadine said that on the February 19 – Election Day – they must make sure that the country continues with Congress.
The Minister of Education and Human Resource Development who is now the party’s Candidate for the Town of St. George, pointed out that a country cannot be built unless education forms part of the development.
“Education breaks the poverty cycle,” she said.
Newcomer to the political arena, Randal Robinson also joined in making a case for the NDC’s return to government.
Robinson who is the Candidate for the Constituency of St. George South East said the last thing Grenada needs is “fly-by-night politicians” whom he said come with “sweet words and great plans”, and was confident that NDC would never be categorised as such.
According to Robinson, the time has come for Grenadians to assess the issues and carefully plan the solutions.
The rookie politician who is associated with the tourism sector through his river tubing reacted to a poem that was featured during the NNP’s rally at Westerhall, St. David’s last week that sought to belittle him.
He said his investment in the tourism sector with the award-winning Grenada Adventure provides direct employment to 20 young people and has borne fruits.
“River Tubing has twice been voted the Princess Cruise Line Tour of the Year,” he remarked.
In what could be described as Robinson’s seriousness with being part of the NDC for the 2013 general elections, he planted a flag of the Congress on the stage.
He declared that the flag was planted as a sign of his conviction that the NDC is the only political party that can bring hope to the people.
The St. George South East Candidate said he has offered himself as a servant to be part of the system of representative politics.