“I will die for you”.
Those were the words used by Opposition Leader and former Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell to supporters gathered at Victoria Park, St. Mark’s on Sunday to attend another mass rally leading up to the February 19 general elections.
THE NEW TODAY understands that this is the slogan used by NNP supporters to recognise each other in the ongoing campaign in which the opposition is seeking to unseat the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Amidst a frenzy of loud cheering from NNP’ites, Dr Mitchell told them that his love for Grenada is so strong that “I will die for you”…”Your team will die for you”.
The NNP boss recalled that he gave up his luxurious job in the United States to return to Grenada in the aftermath of the 1983 U.S-led military intervention to end Grenada’s flirtation with leftwing revolution due to his love for the people despite opposition from his family who believed that he was mad to leave a high paying salary.
He noted that the road was a rough one since his return in 1983 as a member of the Grenada Democratic Movement (GDM) but is satisfied that he made the right choice.
During his address, Dr. Mitchell sought to embrace as his own, the song, “All I do… I do it for you”, sung by Bryan Adams.
He lamented that his supporters were forced to travel a rough road in the last four-and-a-half years due to high cost of living, high unemployment, disunity in the country and what he branded as the politics of hate and spite under the leadership of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.
The Opposition Leader accused the incumbent Congress government of not only attacking businessmen but also attacking the local media and causing some practitioners to loose their jobs, a role Mitchell claimed he never participated in.
During his 13-year stint in office between 1995 and 2008, the former Prime Minister had instituted libel proceedings against several media persons.
Mitchell told NNPites that the 2013 campaign by Congress has nothing new to offer the people but the same old propaganda, lies, and character assassination.
He said that if one listened to the speakers on the NDC platform, he would believe that it was the 2008 campaign all over with nothing new on parade.
He accused the NDC of mounting a campaign that only seeks to divide the society but promised his supporters that the NNP will not go down that road because, “we believe in national unity”.
The NNP political leader also touched on his reason for refusing to sign the Code of Political Conduct being promoted by the civil society groupings on the island.
Dr. Mitchell reminded supporters of the role played by the incumbent Minister for Education, Franka Alexis-Bernadine, prior to the July 08, 2008 General Election.
Without initially mentioning her name, he said that this individual who was associated with Civil Society emerged after the 2008 poll as a government minister one day after the election.
The political leader believes that, “if someone wants to lead the process for Civil Society to observe fairly the process for election, that person must be above board”, and should put Grenada first and not their political affiliation.
According to Dr. Mitchell, the NNP as a party believe that they must always do what is right and not what is convenient for them or anybody else.
Only four political parties out of a batch of eight have signed onto the Code of Political Conduct.
They are the National Democratic Congress, the National United Front (NUF), People United Labour Party (PULP) and the Grenada Renaissance Party (GRP).
Apart from NNP, the other parties that have not signed the document are Good Olde Democracy (GOD), Movement of Independent Candidates (MIC) and the Grenada United Patriotic Movement (GUPM) – The Alternative.
The two Independent candidates – Raleigh Date and Raphael Victor Baptiste -have also not signed onto the document.