Leader of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Ronnie Skelton has said he would be glad if Deputy Premier Dr Kedrick Pickering joined his political movement.
“With open arms. He’s a friend of many, many years,” Skelton commented while responding to questions of whether he’d welcome Dr Pickering to the newly-formed party.
The question was put to Skelton amid unconfirmed reports that Dr Pickering is being sought by the PVIM.
When further asked if Dr Pickering was part of any discussions in relation to the birth of the political movement, Skelton said: “Dr Pickering and I have had a lot of discussions even since all of this has happened. We have been discussing the way forward and whether or not he is ready to be with us is a question that I will leave for Dr Pickering to answer.”
In recent months, Dr Pickering has not been shy about declaring his undying loyalty to Premier Dr D Orlando Smith.
Even back in August after Premier Smith chose not to lead the National Democratic Party (NDP) into the next general election, Dr Pickering noted that his immediate role was to lend support to Dr Smith who continues to lead the territory’s hurricane recovery effort.
“I believe loyalty matters,” Dr Pickering said at the time. “I believe it goes a long way in anything we do, and I have been loyal to the Premier in all the years and I ain’t going to stop being loyal to him at this point in time, despite the political scene.”
During that same period, Dr Pickering ducked questions in relation to the future of his relationship with the NDP.
While the NDP is yet to officially announce its candidates for the next elections, Dr Pickering’s name has been absent from the governing party’s reported line-up.
Coupled with being deputy premier, Dr Pickering is the elected representative for the Seventh District.
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