Sunday 23 February, 2020

WATCH: 'This is my destiny' - Charles Jr's challenger talks tough

Independent candidate in the South East Clarendon by-election, Derrick Lambert, walks towards the nomination centre at Vere Technical. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Independent candidate in the South East Clarendon by-election, Derrick Lambert, walks towards the nomination centre at Vere Technical. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Former People’s National Party (PNP) candidate in South East Clarendon, Derrick Lambert, believes destiny is on his side in his quest for victory in the constituency the second time around, in the March 2 by-election.

The man who nominated as an independent candidate on Wednesday morning, said he was responding to urgings from people of varying political persuasions within the constituency and further afield, for there to be a contest on March 2.

In speaking with members of the media after being nominated close to 11am at Vere Technical High School, Lambert, who narrowly lost to outgoing Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Rudyard Spencer, in the 2011 General Elections, went heavily philosophical and prophetic.

“You will be writing history; this is Derrick Lambert’s destiny,” he first declared.

He said he has always been about his own business, which happens to be the people’s business.

“This is prophetic. Here I was minding my own business and I heard sounds after a certain decision,” he said of the genesis of his own decision to enter the race for the seat in Parliament.

“I have been bombarded by phone and visits, which have brought me to my destiny,” he said, adding that “PNP, even JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) and independent (people) have been bombarding me” to contest the seat.

Lambert said he respected the PNP’s decision to boycott the by-election, but said it should be noted that political party is not mentioned in the Jamaican Constitution, “only people”, citing in the process that the “interest of the people of South East Clarendon is not being served by the decision” to boycott the poll.

In further declaring that “The destiny of South East Clarendon is in the hands of the people of South East Clarendon,” Lambert said he would “never have come here (to be nominated) if I had any doubt that I can win (this contest).”

Of his then anticipated, but now confirmed opponent in the race, the JLP’s Pearnel Charles Jnr, Lambert had a stingingly sarcastic perspective.

While saying he does not know Charles Jnr personally, Lambert said he (Lambert) has roots in the norther section of Clarendon, where Charles was actively engaged in laying groundwork to replace his father as a Member of Parliament (MP).

“But then I heard that the people up there have been saying that they don’t want any more Charles up there, and next thing I hear is that him run away (from there),” said Lambert with a straight face.

He said he understood the decision of the PNP caretaker for South East Clarendon, Patricia Duncan Sutherland, to stick to the party’s position on boycotting the by-election, and said had she opted to enter the race, he would have had no need to be nominated.

He said what is of fundamental importance is that the people of the constituency need representation and options all the way, including at the March 2 poll.

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