PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson, is warning party supporters not to chastise each other during the impending leadership contest.

He was addressing the media yesterday following a PNP meeting in Clarendon, hours after Peter Bunting announced he’ll challenge Dr Peter Phillips for the party’s presidency.

Stevian Simmonds reports.

In announcing his leadership challenge, Mr Bunting says the party cannot defeat the governing Jamaica Labour Party, in a General Election if it retains Dr Phillips as president.

The Central Manchester MP says since Dr Phillips became president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative.

Mr. Bunting also says that the present PNP president is not seen as the right person to lead the party at this time.

However, Councillor for the Hagley Park Division in Dr Phillips’ East Central St Andrew constituency, Nenna Wilson, does not agree with Mr. Bunting.
The PNP Councillor had strong words for Mr. Bunting.

Member of Parliament for South Eastern St Ann, Lisa Hanna, says Dr Phillips has been an architect of renewal. Ms. Hanna says she’s confident a Dr. Phillips-led PNP can defeat the JLP at the polls.

The meeting was attended by about 14 Opposition MPs and several Councillors.

Of the 16 MPs and Councillors who spoke with Nationwide News, four said Dr Phillips had their support, none said they were supporting Mr Bunting and the others refused to comment on who they would vote for in September.

Councillor for the Molynes Gardens Division, Patrick Roberts, says he welcomes the leadership challenge.

PNP Caretaker for West Portland, Valerie Neita Robertson, says Dr Phillips’ services are needed to fix the nation’s economy.

PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson, says the PNP is accustomed to leadership challenges, but, he is urging every comrade to preserve the party’s unity during the leadership campaign.