PNP Elder Demands Party Leadership GO


The demands for a change in the leadership of the PNP are intensifying!

The former MP for South Manchester and retired Speaker of the House, a PNP veteran, Michael Peart, has gone public with his demand that party President Portia Simpson-Miller and the party’s entire officer corps must offer their resignations.

Mr. Peart’s call comes as pressure builds for a change of leadership of the PNP, following its election defeat on February 25.

Nationwide News understands that last weekend, at least two of the party’s six regions moved motions, calling for senior members of the party, including embattled General Secretary, Paul Burke, to face consequences for their role in the PNP’s election defeat.

The disquiet and grumbling about who is to be held accountable for the PNP shock election loss have been growing.

Today it’s out in the public.

Our sources say during a meeting of the PNP’s Region Five Management Committee on the weekend, Michael Peart and some comrades moved a motion calling for the resignation of Mrs. Simpson Miller and the entire PNP officer corps.

That motion was not passed after Region Five Chairman, Mikhail Phillips, expressed his discomfort.

But Mr. Peart is sticking to his demands for change. Peart is a PNP big wig and veteran.

In an interview with Nationwide News today, the former House Speaker is adamant that those who led the party’s unsuccessful bid for re-election must pay the consequences.

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Mr. Peart says the PNP officer corps and campaign team blundered badly during the election campaign.

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Meanwhile our news center understands that on the weekend a motion was passed in the PNP’s Region One calling for the removal of Paul Burke from the post of General Secretary.

The PNP Region One is led by South East St. Ann MP-elect, Lisa Hanna.

The motion was passed at a management committee meeting and is expected to be discussed at this month end’s meeting of the PNP’s powerful National Executive Council, NEC.

Burke is likely to face a no confidence motion at that NEC meeting.

And Mr. Burke told our news center today that he’ll not comment publicly on calls for his resignation.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

3 thoughts on “PNP Elder Demands Party Leadership GO

  1. Jacky Brown

    Funny how that should come from the speaker of the house when he was a lame duck In his constituency. The leader of the party should have gotten rid of him while she could.

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