Opposition legislator Alvera Maduro-Caines has joined the governing Virgin Islands Party (VIP) on the same day that she tendered her resignation to the National Democratic Party (NDP).
Maduro-Caines — a former longstanding member of the NDP — made the announcement during a press conference with Premier and VIP Chairman Andrew Fahie on Monday, January 20.
“I tendered my resignation from my former political party and have decided to join the VIP and become a member of the sitting government in the House of Assembly and to pledge my support to the Honourable Andrew A Fahie and his government in the furtherance of the vision of transforming the Virgin Islands into a leading regional economy and to the uplifting of Virgin Islanders across the territory,” she said.
“I wish to emphasize that this decision has come out of deep thought and prayers over a prolonged period,” Madiro-Caines added.
Premier earned my confidence
The new VIP member said Premier Andrew Fahie earned her confidence in the past 11 months as the leader of his party and of government business.
“I have known Premier Fahie for many years, and I believe he is firmly rooted in his philosophy and his values. I believe he is a genuine productive leader and that he is serious and committed to the transformation of the BVI and the local economy,” Maduro-Caines said.
Maduro-Caines continued: “Over the past several weeks I have been in deep contemplation and prayer over the challenges facing our territory and our people, particularly in the context of the international business climate. I am convinced that our territory needs all hands on deck, working together to overcome these trials. Having considered the vision for the territory that has been laid out by our Honourable Premier in his 2019 budget address, I believe that this is a plan that can make strides in positioning the BVI where it needs to be to secure the present and the future for all Virgin Islanders.”
I support VIP ideas for development
She stated that she was also in support of the VIP ideas for development and made it clear that she has not been promised anything, nor will she, in turn, ask.
“I simply want that which is best for our territory,” the former NDP legislator said.
Maduro-Caines also mentioned that she spoke to some members of her Sixth Electoral District and her family who gave her their support.
The legislator said she has not received any feedback on her resignation from her previous party.
Premier Andrew Fahie, who also addressed the public, said: “I say welcome to the Honourable Alvera Maduro Caines.”
He added: “Your government is willing to work with anyone who has good intentions and who is willing to work with us in our pursuit of our resilience and a prosperous Virgin Islands.”
Opposition legislator Alvera Maduro-Caines has joined the governing Virgin Islands Party (VIP).
Maduro-Caines — who is a longstanding member of the National Democratic Party — made the announcement during a press conference with Premier and VIP Chairman Andrew Fahie on Monday, January 20.
Maduro-Caines said she made the decision after ‘deep prayer’ and said she believes she will accomplish more under Premier Fahie’s leadership.
She also made it clear that she was promised nothing from the Fahie administration to cross the political floor.
Maduro-Caines served the last two terms as a legislator under the Dr D Orlando Smith-led NDP government, which was voted out of power during the February 2019 General Elections.
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