While there has been no official word from the man himself, recent developments suggest that Dr Kedrick Pickering is heading into the general elections as an independent candidate.
While there were speculations that Dr Pickering was poised to join the Ronnie Skelton-led Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), a Facebook page called ‘The Committee To Re-elect Dr Kedrick Pickering’ has been created that suggests otherwise.
Dr Pickering is seen branding purple and white political colours which are different from the PVIM’s signature blue and white. The only other established political party with an opening for Dr Pickering’s seat of interest is the Julian Fraser-led Progressives United. But, that party’s political colour is orange.
And based on a campaign poster on the aforesaid social media page — which is believed to have been created within the last 24 hours — Dr Pickering will be officially launching his campaign for elections on February 12.
Dr Pickering, who is seeking re-election in the Seventh Electoral District will host the launch of his campaign at The Stickett in Long Look on the eastern end of Tortola.
“Bring Doc home again,” the poster reads.
Before this seeming move to go off on his own, Dr Pickering served some two decades under the National Democratic Party (NDP) with Premier Dr D Orlando Smith at the helm.
His breakaway from the NDP comes as Dr Smith retires from representational politics and while Myron Walwyn has taken over leadership of the party.
Dr Pickering, a founding member of the NDP, has always declared is undying loyalty to Premier Smith.
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