Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, is calling on Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, to withdraw her candidature for head of the group of nations.

Johnson Smith will challenge Scotland for the post when the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth meet in Rwanda in June this year.

But speaking on ABSTV in Antigua, Baroness Scotland says Senator Johnson Smith should stand down as there’s no vacancy for the post.

Baroness Scotland has the full support of the Antiguan Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, to continue in the post through the end of her second term.

That term is slated to end in two years.

Prime Minister Browne, who is a former CARICOM Chairman, has described Senator Johnson Smith’s bid as a monumental error.

The Baroness has faced several allegations of impropriety in procurement and nepotism which have marred her tenure.

She has denied the allegations.

She has reportedly lost the support of the British government and several other Commonwealth members.

This has led to Jamaica launching a bid to replace her.

But Baroness Scotland has defended her tenure as Secretary General.

She says she has acted in accordance with the rules she inherited when she assumed the post.

Baroness Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General.

She was speaking with ABSTV in Antigua earlier this week.