Two more standard bearers who have sided with Patrick Faber are Dennis Garbutt of Toledo East and Orson “OJ” Elrington of the Freetown Division. Elrington stated that his support for Faber has been unwavering since the first convention.
Orson “OJ” Elrington, Standard Bearer, Freetown Division: “All the gentlemen who are contesting for leadership for the UDP are eminently qualified for both the role of the leader of the UDP as well as the Prime Minister of Belize. In fact I think that any one of them, in fact I’m sure that any one of them would make a much better Prime Minister than the Leader of the Opposition. With that said you know and I think the people from Love FM you’ve been trying to get an interview with me from last week and from other TV stations and I said that I would not do so because I wanted to offer all of them the opportunity to have a conversation and sit down with me. Regrettably I had with two and I did not have with one of the others but having listened to what all have had to say, having seen their history and their track record I know that I have to support someone who has the necessary tools that I believe that a leader should have to take this country to the next level. A leader that has the necessary integrity, a leader that has the necessary energy, a leader that has the necessary acumen to be able to continue the wonderful transformation that the Right Honorable Dean Barrow has begun. For that reason I choose an continue to choose the Honorable Patrick Faber that I support to be the next leader of the UDP and the next Prime Minister of Belize.”
As for Dennis Garbutt, he told us that he has based his choice on the general consensus of the people of Toledo East.
Dennis Garbutt, Toledo East: “I am supporting the Right Honorable Patrick Faber for this upcoming convention for the United Democratic Party for the leadership. I believe it’s the people’s choice, as it relates to Toledo East. You know when I go around and talk to the people they know Patrick Faber and they very much appreciate the fact that he visits them in their community and things like that so I know that Patrick will do a good job as it relates to getting around and meeting the people and that kind of thing. Patrick is the kind of leader that we need at this moment that could be a great Prime Minister for this country especially in this hardship and we need to work as a team. However John and the entire team I am behind my United Democratic Party that we will form the next government.”
Out of the eight standard bearers that we have polled over the past week, six of them declared their support for Faber while two are on Team Saldivar.