The dismissal of Celia Santos, until last week a councilor for the Fuencaliente government group, upon learning that she would leave the ranks of the Canary Islands Coalition to file by the PSOE, has not left anyone indifferent in the town in the south of La Palma. Now it is the nationalist formation that, after the accusations made by the already non-attached mayor, has made some points regarding what happened through a statement.
In the letter, CC points out that “at no time” was Santos offered to be part of the Cabildo’s lists, but that “it was she who asked for the intermediation of Gregorio Alonso (the mayor) to do that in June of last year”. What’s more, they assure that she even came to claim “the areas of Tourism and Culture, indicating that she was capable of doing it better than those who are currently.”
However, despite the claims put forward, from the coalition ranks they affirm that, “during the performance of his functions, he received constant support in each of his projects from the mayor and the rest of his colleagues.” Of course, they highlighted the striking presence of him in congresses held in Menorca, Teruel and Portugal, and events in Madrid, “without Fuencaliente being able to enjoy any tangible results so far.”
Last January, the press release continues, Celia Santos “confirmed, in a meeting held in the Mayor’s office”, that she had met “with all the political formations with a presence in the municipality to lead their electoral lists”. “She even raised the possibility of creating her own party,” they specify, while saying that “at that time, the mayor considered that it was one of the many eccentricities” of the mayor.
From then on, “he stopped attending the periodic meetings of the local committee” of CC, losing the link with the initials with which he had attended in 2019. And, before his march to the PSOE was made public, the councilor affirms that “I already knew that the councilor had asked several neighbors”, some members of the Coalition, “to join her particular project.” That is why he regretted “not having made the decision to stop it before.”
Even so, he thanked Santos for “the dedication and work done” over the years, clarifying that “it generated unsustainable situations, not only with the rest of the councilors; also with many neighbors and neighbors, as well as with the workers of the City Council”.