By Benjamin Flowers: United Democratic Party (UDP) Chairman Michael Peyrefitte says that former party leader Patrick Faber can take the party to court if he wishes, following a decision by the National Party Council (NPC) to accept his January 31 resignation.
Faber had released a video on January 24, announcing his intention to resign with effect on January 31, but later told the party he wanted to remain on as Party Leader until a new leader is selected at a leadership convention in March. However, the NPC voted and ruled that the video resignation was enough for Faber’s departure to be made official.
Following the NPC’s decision members of the UDP took to social media to express their discontent, stressing that the decision was tantamount to having the party run under a dictatorship. When asked if he feared that Faber might seek legal redress, Peyrefitte said that doing so is his right.
“The courts are wide open, we live in a democracy, people are free to go to court. Come January 31 based on what the Honorable Patrick Faber said to the world, had resigned. Whatever he wrote or didn’t write subsequent to that, he was writing in as no longer the leader of the UDP,” Peryrefitte said. “But like I said, if they want to take it to court, the courts are wide open.”
Peyrefitte stressed that there was legislation passed in the House of Representatives last year, which allowed for pronouncements made via a digital platform to be as valid as if they were made in a physically written format. He stresses that he has read the Act clearly and that Faber, as a member of parliament should know of its provisions as well.
“I have to believe that when the Honorable Patrick Faber made that statement he knew or ought to have known that that pronouncement, through a magnetic form, would take effect as much as it would have taken effect had been in writing,” Peyrefitte said.
Thus far, no official word has been issued on any intentions on Faber’s part to take the matter to court.