By Davion Smith, BVI News Staff
Migration from the National Democratic Party (NDP) is continuing; this time with the resignation of a high-ranking party official, Dr Michael Turnbull.
His resignation comes less than a year after being elected as the party’s Vice-president.
Like former NDP political candidate Shaina Smith, Dr Turnbull tendered his resignation last week because of differences in values between himself and the party.
He said the party’s leadership for the last several months has consistently shown a lack of accountability and a lack of other key factors.
“It’s never one straw that broke the camel’s back,” Dr Turnbull said. “These straws have been piling up over and over but I’ll just say the lack of communication, the lack of integrity, the lack of transparency, the lack of ability to say ‘I’ve done something wrong, we’ve not been perfect‘, and own up to their mistakes.”
“When you can’t acknowledge those kinds of things, it makes it very difficult. If somebody is not willing to admit things that have gone wrong, then they are destined to repeat it. And I couldn’t wait around and allow it to be repeated on my watch,” he added.
Dr Turnbull said the problems he outlined are not attributed to any one person.
He, however, noted that some of the NDP’s longest-serving members seem to be the driving forces behind the party’s so-called problems.
“It’s gotten to deep levels within. I think there are great people within the National Democratic Party but their voices are being drowned out by people that have special interests and those special interests may not be in the best interest of the whole country,” he said
I didn’t quit because Mitch lost internal election
Dr Turnbull’s resignation comes months after his brother Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull — the representative of the Second Electoral District — lost in the NDP’s internal elections when he contested to become Deputy Chairman.
He (Melvin) was running mate to Health Minister Ronnie Skelton who, at the time, was vying for the party’s chairmanship position.
“I didn’t leave the NDP because my brother lost. I stayed for months after and I was involved … It actually got to a point where I could not stomach it anymore. I don’t [usually] quit but the cause is too important for me to go along silent anymore and we need people to open their eyes and see that there are options to the recovery and the betterment of this country,” Dr Turnbull asserted.
Dr Turnbull is now aligned with the Progressive Virgin Islands Party Movement (PVIM), a political organisation which he is said to be a founding member. Minister Skelton is reported to be the party’s leader.
Dr Turnbull said he is now aligned with PVIM because Skelton, himself, and his brother Melvin all share similar visions of integrity, transparency, accountability, and hope.
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