Amid talks that Premier Dr D Orlando Smith’s role as head of the National Democratic Party (NDP) is under threat, Deputy Premier and senior NDP member Dr Kedrick Pickering said he is not aware of any upcoming internal elections for the presidency of the party.
While answering questions on Tuesday about whether he is vying for the NDP presidency and, by extension, the Premiership, Dr Pickering was keen to cite yesterday’s date as he suggested he is not contending for the post.
“I have not heard him (Premier Smith) say that he was prepared to step down or that his time was up. I have not heard him say any such thing. So, as far as I am concerned at this point in time, today, the 29th of May, my allegiance is to the leader of the NDP, Dr D Orlando Smith.”
Dr Pickering made the statement during his appearance this week on the Honestly Speaking radio programme with host, Claude Skelton Cline.
While pressing the subject further, the talk show host asked Dr Pickering whether he was prepared to accept the NDP presidency if he was called to take up the role.
He replied: “Whatever leadership capacity I’m asked to in this country, I am prepared.”
Reports of an NDP general meeting in the coming weeks recently surfaced and political observers have been speculating that the NDP presidency will be put up for grabs.
Back in February, the NDP held internal elections but the Premier’s post of NDP President was not put to a vote.
It is said at least one other At-Large government minister is interested in the post.
Government’s At-Large representatives comprise Walwyn, Ronnie Skelton, Dr Pickering, Archibald Christian, and Premier Smith.