The United Democratic Party (UDP) is faced with some uncertainty as several resignations came following the victory of Patrick Faber as the Party Leader-Elect. Most notably for many is the resignation of Gaspar Vega who pretty much controlled the north for the UDP. UDP Chairman Michael Peyrefitte spoke on the resignations of both Wilfred Elrington and Vega.
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, UDP Chairman: “Yes but that’s not for about another eight months. So yes Sedi Elrington has indicated he’s not running again, Gaspar Vega has indicated he’s not running again but that’s not everybody there’s still twenty nine people left and we if it stays that way then I’m sure we will find some other suitable candidate. Those two will be missed I can tell you that and they will be big shoes to fill in terms of delivering a political seat no doubt but they’re not everybody. We are a mass party full of talent and we have people who are willing and able to step in and represent very well for the UDP in November in the general election.”
In politics there are no jacks and ball – it is a game for the strong men and women; that is according to Chairman Peyrefitte. His comment came as a response to those persons who were not happy with Faber’s victory and leadership.
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, UDP Chairman: “That’s politics my brother this is not jacks and ball this is politics. This is a big person’s game, this is for woman and man this is not for girl and boy you understand me so you’re in a rough and tumble game and so when you put your all out there and the people who are not victorious naturally will be hurt and dejected and those who win are elated. It’s the ultimate zero sum game there’s no grey area in politics either you win or you lose but it was an internal race and we are a united democratic party and we allow for people to express their feelings. We’re not monolithic like that if you don’t want to be a part of the party going forward and you believe that you have served long enough and you want to make way for new blood then that’s a part of the process. We don’t see any problem with what has happened you know ? It’s a part of the process and we have an election in less than four months and so we go forward for that, put our best foot forward and the people then will decide who they want to represent them in parliament.”
Peyrefitte went on to speak on the speculations over the resignation of Vega and Elrington.
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, UDP Chairman: “I don’t know who they supported but we had a race between John, Patrick and Sedi, if they supported any of the two that were not victorious then naturally they would be disappointed. The question is are they so disappointed that they’re not UDP any more ? They have not told me that. Are they so disappointed that they’re not running for the UDP again? They haven’t told me that and so you have to expect that in a competition people will be disappointed but that doesn’t mean anything, it’s a part of the process. We are united but we are a democratic party and in a democratic party you have elections, you have conventions and may the best person win at all times and naturally those who want to put forward their candidate if they’re not successful you wah ketch lee feelings that’s natural in any competition but then that doesn’t mean you’re not still a part of the team. And it is certainly my job and the new party leader elect’s job to then go and speak to our colleagues and to make sure that whatever wounds are there are just battle wounds that easily heal and for us to remember that we’re on the same team. So it’s not an issue for us at all.”
Reporter: Will the UDP be able to find suitable candidates to replace Mr.Vega and Minister Elrington in time for the next general election?
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, UDP Chairman: I’m sure and we’re won’t pick persons who are not able to bridge that gap in a quick time. Remember you know Mr Vega and Elrington have made it very clear to the party that even though they will not be running again they will be fully supporting the party, they will be fully supporting the party – no man Mr.Elrington is a UDP five star general. Mr. Elrington is UDP longer than I’ve been born, from Mr.Goldson was PUP Mr.Elrington da UDP so there is no way that Mr.Elrington is not going to support the UDP; he has expressed that to me on countless occasions and even though he’s not running again any candidate that we put forward he’s going to fully support them in any way he can. I think he said that he’s not going to have any of his family members take part or whatever but you can’t tell me that there will be a candidate for the UDP in the Pickstock division in November and Mr.Elrington won’t give them all the support that he possibly can.”
Rumors had it that UDP’s Tony Herrera is next in line to resign. A rumor he totally dismissed and denied. Meanwhile unconfirmed reports are that Ravell Gonzalez, former UDP Mayor of Orange Walk will be succeeding Vega in Orange Walk North.