Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020. 8:57 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Already having lost two effective campaigners in Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Michael Finnegan, not to mention self-styled ‘ground commander’ and Port Loyola area representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez, the United Democratic Party (UDP) can ill-afford to lose any more candidates ahead of the general elections.
But both Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Pickstock area rep, and Gaspar Vega, long-standing John Saldivar supporter and Orange Walk North area rep, have indicated they will not stand in the next general election. Today they have reportedly been joined by Punta Gorda Town Mayor Ashton McKenzie and UDP Secretary General Pearl Stuart.
On Sunday, Faber acknowledged the need to stanch the bleeding, not just with his colleagues but with their supporters: “My first task is going to be to reach out and try to form this unity. It’s not only with my colleagues; of course many of them have supporters especially in terms of Minister Saldivar, and so quite often it’s not so much the leadership as the members of the party who follow them…I am hoping that the healing will be quick. But as it relates to my colleagues I will tell you now: I will make every effort possible to sit with them and talk with them and try to see if we can work together [moving] forward.”
But if that is not possible, Faber said, the party goes on and will make use of its prodigious talent where needed.
And the watchword moving forward is of unity, he concluded, stating he had no desire to look back.
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