That is one side of the story, but what does Ivan Ramos have to say about the entire ordeal? The media caught up with him on Sunday June 7th at his Petro Caribe sponsored mother’s and Father’s Day event held in Dangriga where he categorically denied being paid off by UDP in exchange for his resignation.
“Have you received money in order to resign as area representative and trigger an election?”
“Sir, but this is the Leader of the Opposition, your former boss.”
“Then the Leader of the Opposition will have to justify it. I am saying to you, you ask the question that that is absolutely no true!”
“Just to add to that, there has been absolutely no communication between you and anybody from the UDP party?”
“No. I am hearing what you are saying that Anthony and my brother Chico have been negotiating for me and that kind of thing. I mean that’s nonsense. All I know is whatever is said … and I know things like this would come up anyhow. What can I say Jules. I have not received money from anybody. I have not asked anybody for any money or anything of the sort.”
And while Ramos affirms that he did not sell out to the UDP, it cannot be denied that he did use Petro dollars, $25 thousand dollars worth of it, to sponsor his mother’s and father’s day event. He explained why he did what he did despite the position his party had taken on the issue of Petro Caribe.
“Well, basically I was more inquiring about the education assistance when I was told again that this money was there, why don’t you use it. Given the fact that many very close members of the PUP, if I can still say that, were saying’ take the money, we can use it. You can help people with it.’ So I decided that I will do just that. I know the party took a position on that, or at least the party leader, in that motion in the House, announced that no PUP will farther participate in anything that has to do with the PetroCaribe funds. I said yes, it is what it is but I believe that take it or not, the people will still pay it back. It is a loan and why can’t they benefit?”
Ivan Ramos’ resignation automatically triggers the need for a by-election, the second in less than a year. PUP’s Anthony Sabal, Ramos’ successor is to go up against Frank “Pawpa” Mena the UDP standard Bearer for Dangriga.