Deputy Premier Dr Kedrick Pickering has ducked questions in relation to the future of his relationship with the National Democratic Party (NDP).
Dr Pickering announced on public radio Tuesday evening that, at this point, he plans to contest the upcoming general elections. He, however, did not specify whether he will be seeking re-election as the representative of the Seventh Electoral District or whether he will be targeting another seat.
And when asked whether he will be contesting the elections under the Myron Walwyn-led NDP, Dr Pickering opted not to give a direct response.
“We will discuss that another time,” the NDP stalwart said when questioned by ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio talk show host, Claude Skelton Cline.
I ain’t going to stop being loyal to Premier
Dr Pickering did not suggest any animosity between him and NDP chairman-elect, Walwyn.
He, however, made it clear that he continues to remain loyal to the current NDP government leader, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith.
“My role in this country at this point in time is to support the honourable Premier in his work as leader of this country … I believe loyalty matters, 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 what the political scene might be,” Dr Pickering asserted.
In the meantime, his decision to not immediately say whether he will contest the polls as an NDP candidate comes amid reports that the party is undergoing a ‘ratification’ process to decide the candidates it will put forward for general elections.
These next elections are constitutionally due in the summer of 2019, which is also around the time Premier Smith is expected to step down as government leader.
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