Presidential Aspirant, Dr. Peter Phillips says he’s not expecting anyone to challenge him for the leadership of the People’s National Party when Portia Simpson Miller steps down as President next year.
This, after his main rival, Peter Bunting, has decided he’ll no longer run for the presidency of the party.
With Bunting’s decision, the way now seems clear for Dr. Phillips to ascend to the presidency of the PNP after Mrs. Simpson Miller quits.
Mrs. Simpson Miller has announced that she’ll not seek re-election as president at the party’s Annual Conference in September, next year.
In a statement yesterday, Mr. Bunting said a large majority of the PNP’s parliamentary and local government leadership feel it’s Phillips’ ‘turn’ to lead the party.
He says he’s come to this conclusion after holding a series of consultations.
He says in the face of this strong sentiment, it would be irresponsible to cause the party to expend resources and divert its focus and energy at this time.
Dr. Phillips is welcoming Mr. Bunting’s decision, saying it will help to maintain unity in the party.
In the meantime, Dr. Phillips is noting that the transition process in the PNP still needs to be finalized.
Dr. Phillips — who’ll celebrate his 67th birthday on December 28 — is the Opposition Spokesman on Finance.