Watson Duke has announced he will step down from his leadership position at the PSA from Nov. 30 as his Progressive Democratic Patriots prepare to launch a national election campaign.
He made the announcement during a press conference at the PSA headquarters this morning, as he spoke out for the first time about his sedition charges. Duke said he is facing "trumped up charges" because he fired back at Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for "down crying" public servants.
PSA president Watson Duke was granted bail to the sum of 250,000 dollars.
Duke appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrate Court this morning.
He was charged with sedition yesterday.
According to his lawyer John Heath, Duke was rushed to the hospital on Thursday complaining of feeling unwell.
That was the third time he had been taken for treatment since being detained by police on Monday.
Duke discharged himself from the hospital yesterday.
We'll have more for you on this story as it develops.
Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA) Minority Council Watson Duke is accusing Finance and the Economy Secretary Joel Jack of falsifying statistics relating to Tobago’s economy.
Duke was at the time making his contribution to debate on the THA $4.72 billion revenue and expenditure estimates for fiscal 2020 during the 28th Plenary Sitting held in the Assembly Chamber, Jerningham Street, Scarborough, on Thursday, June 27.
President of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke says he will not contest next year’s PSA elections.
Instead, he plans to focus on his career as a politician which he began in 2016 having formed the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP).
His party won two of the 12 contested seats and he became the Tobago House of Assembly’s Minority Council Leader on January 23, 2017. Duke revealed his future plans during a live Facebook broadcast on Sunday.
Watson Duke, leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) and leader of the Tobago House of Assembly's Minority Council says his party will not join the newly formed 'One Voice' political party coalition.
Instead, he is inviting the coalition's leaders, Christlyn Moore- Tobago Forward (TF), Ashworth Jack- Organisation of the People (TOP) and Hochoy Charles- Platform of Truth (TPT), to join the PDP.
The leaders' group is the Tobago Liberation and Empowerment Team.
The People's National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council is calling on political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots(PDP) and Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Watson Duke to apologise for statements he made following the double murder on the island on Thursday.