The battle to replace Pearnel Charles Senior as Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon is heating up.
Two of the aspirant standard-bearers for the traditional JLP seat, Robert Morgan and Pearnel Charles Junior, reportedly engaged in a stand-off in Hope District in the constituency yesterday.
It’s alleged that during the confrontation threats, insults and expletives were traded.
Morgan, who’s the Communications Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, told his side of the story in an interview on Nationwide @ 5 last evening.
Efforts to have Senator Charles Junior give his side of the story yesterday were unsuccessful.
Mr. Morgan says what started out as a visit to the constituency where he has several family members, transformed into a confrontation between himself and Pearnel Charles Juniour that almost got physical.
Mr. Charles Junior has publicly expressed interest in succeeding his father– the Senior Charles– as MP. Mr. Morgan says supporters of Charles Junior descended on the neighborhood where he was.
He says at least one of the more than a dozen persons who appeared to be supporters of Mr. Charles Juniour, threatened to damage his car.
Mr. Morgan is also alleging that Mr. Charles Juniour then hurled accusations at him.
He says he lost it when Mr. Charles Juniour allegedly threatened him.
The OPM’s Communications Director says he’s now contemplating his safety, and whether he will follow up on his intention to be the next Jamaica Labour Party standard-bearer for the North Central Clarendon constituency.
Meanwhile, at least two more persons could join the race to replace North Central Clarendon Member of Parliament, Pearnel Charles Senior, when he retires.
They’re Councillor for the Chapleton Division, Hershell Brown, and Councillor for the Rock River Division, Uriah Mitchell.
They join Councillor for the other Division in North Central Clarendon, Mocho, Romaine Morris, Communications Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Morgan, and the MP’s son, Pearnel Charles Junior.
Councillor Brown is describing the controversy brewing in the constituency as ‘democracy at work’.
He’s also warning the party that it could lose the seat if it’s not handled with care.
Meanwhile, Councillor Mitchell says he has an interest in challenging for the constituency when it becomes vacant.
But he refused to comment any further.
And, a former Councillor for the Mocho Division in the constituency, Alferdito Frances, says there will be a war over the seat if the party does not facilitate a run-off involving all the interested parties.