This as the nation awaits a response from Mr. Panday on his nomination for a national award by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.
On Thursday the Prime Minister announced that two former Prime Ministers will be receiving the country’s highest award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
However, the nomination was declined by Patrick Manning on Friday.
In a release Mr. Manning stated that he wished to respectfully decline the publicly announced nomination by the Honourable Prime Minister.
He gave his reason as his my principled stance to not accept any Trinidad and Tobago awards while serving as a Member of Parliament.
He also stated that the Hon. Kamla Persad Bissessar was able to win government on May 24th 2010 through a series of sustained and vicious attacks on his character.
He questioned whether through this nomination announcement if the Hon Prime Minister will retract those venomous accusations and charges against him.
Mr. Manning said he was neither consulted, nor advised prior to the announcement and was made aware via Social Media.
This approach he added was a gross discourtesy and another reason why Mr. Manning refuses to accept the award.
In response Mrs. Persad Bissessar said Mr. Manning’s refusal to accept the award is unfortunate.
She added that it is regrettable that in rejecting the nomination, Mr Manning should seek to politicise the matter.
The Prime Minister claimed the award sought to honour Mr Manning for his decades of service as a Parliamentarian, despite their political differences.
Meanwhile Public Relations Officer of the People’s National Movement Faris Al Rawi has said that the Prime Minister has tarnished the nation’s highest honour.
In an interview yesterday Mr. Al Rawi said there is a nomination process that has not been followed.