On the heels of yesterday’s convention and its outcome reports are surfacing of several resignations and retirement within the United Democratic Party. On the list that has surfaced are Gaspar Vega, Wilfred Sedi Elrington and Ashton McKenzie. While we have been unable to get a comment from Vega, we did speak with Punta Gorda’s Mayor McKenzie who explained that this is more of a retirement from politics and not a resignation.
As it relates to Wilfred Sedi Elrington, Area Representative for the Pickstock Division, he had come out public to say that if he loses the convention he would be retiring from politics.
Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism: “He did send a Whatsapp to me and I tried to get back to him several times without any luck. I tried to because he would have been given the same opportunity. He has done a fantastic job. I believe he’s a true UDP and I wish him well.”
Party Leader Elect Patrick Faber has commented on the reports of these resignations. During his time on The Morning Show, Faber says he has yet to get anything official.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports: People use different tactics during the time of the conventions so I have resolved this morning to say that I am going to wait until I hear comments or concerns after the convention. I’ve not heard from Minister Elrington to see if in fact this is something that he seriously now accept.”
Troy Gabb, Host of the Morning Show: Did you hear his interview?
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports: “Yes of course and we’ve all heard him on TV saying this but as I said sometimes this may be the pre-convention situation. This party needs a Wilfred Elrington to run in Pickstock but it is not to say that the party will not continue so if he decides to not run we will address that matter. In fact we have already started our discussions. We’ve already put in place a potential back up plan for that situation and other situations that might arise. You know after the swearing in yesterday I addressed the media and I made it very clear that my first agenda item would be to try to ensure that we don’t have the kind of divisiveness that comes after a convention.”