OnePNP supporters rally for 'the fixer' Dr Peter Phillips
Dr Peter Phillips' OnePNP supporters at his East Central St Andrew constituency annual conference on Sunday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
Dr Peter Phillips’ campaign to fend off the challenge to his presidency of the People’s National Party is well grounded.
It is not high tech, there doesn't seem to be a lot of cash floating around and certainly there is no rancour.
One thing is certain. It is aimed at the delegates.
Phillips gives the party's clenched fist salute to supporters.
Not once was there mention of his opponent Peter Bunting by name at his East Central St Andrew constituency annual conference on Sunday, less than a week before Saturday's special delegates' conference which will determine whether he remains as party president.
Phillips and his supporters simply stated their case as to why he should be retained.
“You hear the voice of the rastaman say, Babylon you throne gone down, gone down, Babylon you throne gone down,” Phillips chanted as his supporters erupted with glee.
Knight... I am supporting the fixer.
Phillips has been under pressure from the inside of the PNP and Bunting is not making things easy for him before the party presidential run off.
“We must always remember what we stand for. We have our mission,” Phillips told supporters.
And he had the support of some of the party’s finest.
(From left) Phillips supporters Wykeham McNeil, Phillip Paulwell, Dwayne Vaz and Damion Crawford.
KD Knight waxed lyrical as usual.
“I am supporting the fixer. We fighting for the soul and heart of the People’s National Party. A Peter Phillips me say,” Knight, who has now been given the name 'James Bond', said.
Phillips was also supported by Lisa Hanna, Damion Crawford, Phillip Paulwell, Anthony Hylton, Wykeham McNeil and other influential party members.
PNP chairman Fitz Jackson, general secretary Julian Robinson and deputy general secretary Basil Waite also made appearances at the conference. However, as members of the party secretariat, they cannot declare a preference in the leadership race.