UDP Deputy Leader Comments on Recall Petition
One person who has seemingly been quiet about the internal rumblings of the UDP is its deputy leader Hugo Patt. Patt told Love News that the internal fighting is pointless and party members should focus on moving forward in a united manner.
Hugo Patt, Deputy Leader, UDP: “There will come a time when we’ll have a convention. Let that time come and from there whosoever wants to apply for leadership then let those apply and from there we take it onwards. We start with the campaigning you have to convince the majority of the delegates and from there we move on. At this point in time I think it is too premature and we need to make sure that we prepare ourselves. When I say we for whosoever wants to run for leadership and have enough time so that when the time for the convention comes you are readily prepared to engage in the race. I believe at this point in time we just want to fight the fight. And when I say fight it’s fight our own and I personally don’t believe in that but you know we have to respect whatever is the modus operandi of each and everyone that wants to vye for leadership. My advice is look get over this. Personally I told them we all have aspirations. If you guys have aspirations make sure that you reach toward you goal but do so in a way that you don’t bring down anybody, you don’t fight internally. We don’t need at this point in time the country is calling for a very strong opposition and we are not even close to fighting our own before we even think about being a strong opposition. So it is a call that the country is making but it is a call that as well the same uDPs are telling the directorate look get over this, we need to make sure that you stop fighting and from there we move on. That has been my call to those who are vying for leadership and that continues to be my position.”
Reporter: And do you know whether or not delegates in your constituency were approached or signed that recall petition ?
Hugo Patt, Deputy Leader, UDP: “Right actually delegates from all over the country were approached. My advice to them was look this is not the time for a recall, there will be time when a convention will come around and from there we move. While Shyne won by a very slim margin let us respect the decision of those that supported him and while Tracy has a very large portion of delegates that are supportive of her I mean there will come a time that the delegates will have an opportunity to decide who it is that they want for leader. Whosoever applies then the delegates will have that decision and whatever decision is taken let us respect that and from there we move on.”