Nationwide News can first confirm that Central Manchester Member of Parliament and former PNP General Secretary, Peter Bunting, will challenge Dr. Peter Phillips for the presidency of the 81-year-old People’s National Party (PNP) in September.

It’s understood that the announcement is to come prior to a meeting of elected  PNP representatives at 10:00am tomorrow.

Our news centre disclosed last week that Dr. Phillips had summoned all Councillors and MPs who are members of the PNP to a meeting at the Hotel Versalles in Clarendon. 

At that time, our sources said the PNP President was bracing for a challenge from Bunting. 

The Central Manchester MP has moved to challenge Dr. Phillips following the PNP’s Damion Crawford’s defeat to Annmarie Vaz in the East Portland by-election which Phillips had described as a PNP safe seat.

The decision by Bunting to challenge Dr. Phillips has also come following a number of scientific polls which show the PNP President badly trailing Prime Minister and JLP Leader Andrew Holness.

Sources in the Phillips camp tell our news centre that allies of Dr. Phillips are contemplating pushing for an early delegates’ conference to decide on who should lead the party.

It’s understood that the early leadership selection conference is being contemplated in a bid to militate against any political strength Bunting may gather from a three-month campaign leading up to the party’s annual conference in September.