Redman Meets with PNP

Nationwide News understands that St. Elizabeth-based businessman, Evon Redman, is at this hour in the Corporate Area for a meeting with the top brass of the PNP.

The meeting has been called to determine the way forward following the announcement last night that the incumbent MP Raymond Pryce, will not be seeking re-election.

Mr. Redman was to have challenged Mr. Pryce for the right to represent the PNP in the next election.

It’s understood that Mr. Redman yesterday indicated that he’s still interested in being the PNP’s candidate.

Meanwhile some delegates are praising party President Portia Simpson Miller and the PNP Executive for their role in the decision by Mr. Pryce to withdraw his interest in the seat.

One delegate, who identified himself as Wayne, says he’s pleased at the outcome.

Another delegate, Vinton, says the right decision has been made

Political analyst, Kevin O’Brien Chang, believes the bitter ongoing disputes around candidacy within the ruling PNP, are part of a strategic move to prepare a successor to party President, Portia Simpson Miller.

North East St. Elizabeth MP, Raymond Pryce has withdrawn from the candidate selection race in the constituency, while Central St. James MP, Lloyd B Smith was been denied the chance to seek a second term in the seat, after being rejected by delegates on Sunday.

The MP for South East St. Ann, Lisa Hanna, is under pressure ahead of her selection conference on Saturday, while the MP for East Rural St. Andrew, Damion Crawford will also face a challenge.

The MP for Eastern Portland, Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield lost his selection battle, while South West St. Elizabeth MP, Hugh Buchanan, retained his candidacy by a 14 vote margin.

Another analyst, Richard “Dickie” Crawford, says many of those named in opinion polls as likely successors to Mrs. Simpson-Miller, are those either being being pushed out or facing the boot in some constituencies.

And Mr. O’Brien Chang believes that the recent disputes over candidacy, within the PNP, should be taken as a sign that Mrs. Simpson Miller is losing her grip on power within the party.