Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2022. 11:13 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Fully 48 hours after the stated deadline for Patrick Faber to submit his resignation as Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition United Democratic Party, he still has not.
A press conference scheduled for today, Wednesday, following the internal central executive committee meeting held on Tuesday was postponed.
While she directed us to party chairman Michael Peyrefitte for further details (we were unable to reach him), Albert area representative Tracey Taegar-Panton indicated the party would communicate to Faber to ascertain “due diligence,” that is, find out exactly what his plans are. Faber is reportedly out of the country and has been since his public announcement last Monday and subsequent disaster of an interview with Jules Vasquez on his show “Uncut” on Channel 7.
As for being passed over as Leader of the Opposition, Taegar-Panton confirmed that according to the party constitution, section 9(7) as cited provides a sort of “line of succession” for leadership in the House if the Leader is unavailable. First deputy leader Hugo Patt stepped aside; second deputy Beverly Williams Castillo is not a member of the House; Taegar-Panton is next and if she could not take it, then it would fall to Moses “Shyne” Barrow as the candidate with the widest margin of victory in the last general election.
Taegar-Panton noted that as candidates, they signed an oath of allegiance to the Party and the constitution dictates the party’s will on behalf of its supporters. She revealed that she refused to sign the letter authorizing Barrow’s first appointment after it was decided without consultation.
And as for whether the section should be amended to come in line with the national Constitution, Taegar-Panton said it was a matter for the party, but noted that the intent and spirit of the section was to have more persons involved in dialogue and consultation and said the processes the party constitution established should be respected, even though the national Constitution is the supreme law of the land.