Possibly trying to avoid any possible humiliation, Peter Bunting, MP and leadership aspirant to replace Portia as PNP president steps aside.
As you are aware following a crushing defeat at the recently held Local Government elections, the party leader announced her resignation. There has been turmoil in the PNP as it is felt Andrew Holness may call a snap General Elections which would find the PNP with a lame duck party president.
In a thirstily worded statement Bunting told the media that he was withdrawing as he “thought it was Phillips’s time”.
Pundits have been speculating that the PNP would opt for a consensus candidate:
1) They are cashless
2) Time is not on their side
Rumor has it that Lisa “Jezebel” Hanna was being asked to consider putting her hat in the ring, but with turmoil in her own Constituency and her loss of a key safe division of Moneague, St. Ann, in the Local Government elections, she would have had an uphill battle.
The resent Vice Presidential race in the PNP in September 2016 at their last Annual Conference, has left her bruised also.
So from Rastaman to Party President is how the script reads.
Dr. Peter Phillips, PNP president-elect.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.