By Benjamin Flowers: United Democratic Party (UDP) Chairman, Micheal Peyrefitte, speaking on the current state of affairs in the UDP says that the party trying to piece itself together given its transitional period is not a new phenomenon and in fact, such disharmony was demonstrated first by the People’s United Party (PUP).
Peyrefitte, in an interview with the media today, accepted that as chairman he has presided over three leadership conventions and four national conventions, including the upcoming convention next month and the recall convention for Patrick Faber last year, which is unprecedented for a UDP Party Chairman.
Peyrefitte stressed that the party had transitioned from having former Party Leader Dean Barrow at the helm into a new era, and described the situation for the party as “growing pains.”
“But it is a part of a rebuilding process. I remember that the PUP were not too stable, 2008 and after, they changed leaders about three, four times themselves. You had an interim leader for about 48 hours, then you had Johnny Briceno leading, then leaving, then coming back, so this is not a new movie…this is a rerun.” Peyrefitte said.
With Patrick Faber’s recent departure as leader, the UDP is headed into a leadership convention on March 27, with the race heating up between Tracy Taegar-Panton and Moses “Shyne” Barrow.