PNP Elder, Senator KD, Knight, says the party must seek unity above all else, as President Portia Simpson Miller, steps down.
Mrs. Simpson Miller made her plans known at a meeting of the PNP’s powerful National Executive Council, NEC, yesterday.
Senator Knight says he respects her decision. the veteran politician says change is needed in the PNP right now.
Speaking with Nationwide News today Senator Knight praised Mrs. Simpson Miller for her tenacity.
He says her legacy will endure for her contributions to the nation and her decision now to move on will be respected.
However, at yesterday’s NEC meeting, several comrades responded viciously to those who they see as challenging the leadership of the Mrs. Simpson Miller.
Many chanted “No Lisa, No Bunting” in response to MPs Lisa Hanna and Peter Bunting. But Senator Knight feels they were misguided.
Others in the party have tried to have Ms. Hanna brought before the party’s disciplinary committee.
They allege she acted against the party in her South East St. Ann constituency.
Senator Knight — who supported Ms. Hanna in her bid for PNP Vice President — also wants the matter to be heard by the committee.
However he’s confident they’ll find her innocent.
And Senator Knight says the party delegates will have a tough decision to make when electing the next President of the PNP.
The two declared contenders are former Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting.
Both are currently Members of Parliament.
Senator Knight says both have a strong claim and the ability to lead the party after Mrs. Simpson Miller makes her exit.
He says he won’t make a decision as to which candidate he’ll support until after they’ve been nominated.