Monday 23 November, 2020

Two big endorsements of Mark Golding for PNP presidency

Mark Golding

Mark Golding

People’s National Party (PNP) presidential candidate, Mark Golding, has received two big endorsements in his bid to become the sixth president of the 82-year-old political organisation.

Former Finance Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for South St Andrew, Dr Omar Davies, has endorsed Golding for president. The two men have a close relationship and Golding now represents the same constituency where Davies was MP for 23 years before his retirement from active politics in 2017.

Davies, in a video posted on social media, encouraged the party’s delegates to vote for Golding who he described as a “multifaceted leader who is relatable at all levels of the party and the society”.

In response, Golding said “I’m humbled by the endorsement from one of my greatest mentors. I continue to learn from Dr Davies as an exemplary Member of Parliament for 23 years. His confidence in my bid for presidency has injected additional energy to our campaign ahead of the polls.”

Meanwhile, the National Workers Union (NWU) has also thrown its support behind Golding who is seeking to replace Dr Peter Phillips as PNP president.

In a statement to the media, the NWU listed five reasons for its decision, including proven managerial skills and leadership competence, demonstrated respect for people, and concern for the welfare of the workers in the party.

The union said it has carefully examined the credentials of both Golding and his challenger, Lisa Hanna.

“Both candidates have advanced solid ideas on reorganising the party to secure future electoral victories. Many of these ideas are not new, and they are both in agreement on the basic organisational changes to take the party forward. The qualifying factors for the next party leader will therefore be based not so much on their articulation, but upon their past record of performance and ideological commitment,” the NWU further said.

“In that regard, while the NWU acknowledges the contribution of Comrade Lisa Hanna, we support the candidature of Mark Golding as the sixth president of the PNP," the trade union added.

“More than any other time in the history of this great party, the NWU demands a leader that is loyal to the people, committed to the cause of labour, faithful to the party's history, principles and objectives, and has left a mark as a competent leader," the union stressed.

The next PNP president is to be elected at a special delegates’ conference on November 7.

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