Ferguson’s VP switches camps, Dean pledges allegiance to ‘United TTFA’

The ‘United TTFA’ slate wrapped up a momentous weekend by apparently wooing the vice-presidential candidate from another slate, Eddison ‘Eddie’ Dean, following their official launch at a breakfast meeting at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Saturday. The TTFA election will be held at its AGM on 24 November.

Dean, a businessman and owner of the Club Sando Football Club, announced via letter this morning that he has withdrawn himself as a running mate of presidential candidate Richard Ferguson and is throwing his support behind the William Wallace-led bloc instead.

Photo: Terminix La Horquetta Rangers managing director Richard Ferguson (left) enjoys the action during his team’s 5-0 win over San Juan Jabloteh in the Ascension Invitation Tournament at Phase 2, La Horquetta on 27 September 2019.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

“I came [to the launch of the United TTFA election programme] with an open mind, prepared to assess what I heard,” said Dean, in a press statement. “Having seen and heard the United TTFA plans for the restructuring and revival of Trinidad and Tobago football, and moreso their plans for the financing of this major overhaul, I believe I am bound by my responsibility to football and the national community to withdraw my candidacy and to publicly declare my support for United TTFA.”

The TTFA Constitution does not permit Ferguson, who is the Terminix La Horquetta Rangers owner and a director at Terminix Trinidad, to replace his first vice-presidential nominee. His remaining running mates are acting Police Superintendent and Police FC administrator Raymond Thom, who will run as second vice-president, and Doc’s Group of Companies managing director and Central Football Association (CFA) president Shymdeo Gosine, who is contesting the position of third vice-president.

Ferguson responded to the move by saying he respected Dean’s right to choose.

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“I support the democratic process and the right to choose,” Ferguson told Wired868. “Persons must be allowed to vote with their conscience.”

Wallace’s own slate consists of: first vice-president and CFA general secretary Clynt Taylor, second vice-president and WoLF president Susan Joseph-Warrick and third vice-president and former acting Pro League chairman Joseph Sam Phillip.

Photo: SSFL president William Wallace (centre) greets players before kick off in a SSFL match up between Shiva Boys Hindu College and Naparima College at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 8 September 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Current TTFA president David John-Williams is yet to confirm his slate. However, he is believed to be supported by NLCB board member and interim VFFOTT president Selby Browne as first vice-president, Tobago FA president Anthony Moore as second vice-president and attorney and former UNC MP Colin Partap as third vice-president.

(Eddie Dean resignation letter)

Despite the fact that I am named as a running mate of Richard Ferguson for the TTFA elections of 24 November, I was invited, as the owner of Club Sando, to attend this event—the launch of the United TTFA election programme.

I came with an open mind, prepared to assess what I heard. Having seen and heard the United TTFA plans for the restructuring and revival of Trinidad and Tobago football, and moreso their plans for the financing of this major overhaul, I believe I am bound by my responsibility to football and the national community to withdraw my candidacy and to publicly declare my support for United TTFA.

The task before us requires not only major finance,  which United TTFA has already begun to set in place, but also a huge collective effort on all fronts. I, therefore, commit my support in the election and beyond to a new, progressive United TTFA administration and call on the membership of the TTFA to do the same.

Photo: Club Sando FC owner Eddison ‘Eddie’ Dean.
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