National Democratic Party (NDP) Chairman Myron Walwyn, who is vying to become the next Premier of the Virgin Islands has promised retiring government leader Dr D Orlando Smith the role of an advisor if the NDP is elected into government for a third consecutive term.
Walwyn made that promise at the launch of the party’s election campaign inside Maria’s by the Sea Hotel in Road Town on Saturday.
“Very often when a political leader in the Virgin Islands demits office, the person is cast aside and no longer useful to the party in which they started. That is going to change because I will have you as have an advisor, Premier,” Walwyn said.
“I know you know your job very well. There are going to be some very difficult periods that we going need people who understand things, who know things, and who will calm me down [at times],” the politician said.
Walwyn, who is Dr Smith’s immediate successor as party leader, pledged to “carry on” what he (Premier Smith) started years ago.
He further described Dr Smith’s tenure as Premier as one resembling strong leadership.
“You are the father of the modern-day Virgin Islands and your record speaks for itself,” Walwyn told Dr Smith at the political event.
The NDP is expected to face off against some three political organisations to secure another term as the Government of the Virgin Islands. Elections must happen by April 16.