Comrades rally around Phillips
The top brass of the People's National Party (PNP) yesterday gave strong support to Dr Peter Phillips as he submitted his nomination for the presidency of the party at the movement's headquarters on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.
However, PNP President Portia Simpson Miller was not present at the event, where hundreds of party faithfuls turned out to register their full backing for the man they claim will be the next president of the party and prime minister of Jamaica.
"Today (yesterday), I have accepted your nomination to the office of president of the People's National Party. I have done so because there is a vacancy," Phillips told the enthusiastic crowd after he paid the $100,000 nomination fee by manager's cheque.
Phillips hailed Simpson Miller for giving years of "dedicated" service to the PNP.
"No one can deny her, her place of honour in the history of Jamaica and in the history of the PNP. As long as man shall live, her place is secure for her service over these 40 years and as leader for the party," he asserted.
Addressing the supporters, Phillips weighed in on the current crime wave plaguing Jamaica as he called for a combined effort to "help the country to overcome the threat of crime and violence and insecurity, which is disrupting too many lives in too many communities, and which is particularly dreadful in its impact on our women and children."
Young politicians who endorsed Phillips for presidency
• Mikael Phillips - Chairman for Region Five: "I am a proud son of the next president of the People's National Party. This is a man in whom I am well pleased."
• Dr Dayton Campbell - Chairman for Region One: "The life of Peter Phillips is a testimony that you can share with your children that you must work hard and, if at first you try and you don't succeed, you must try again because success will come to you."
• Venesha Phillips - PNP councillor of the Papine Division: "Comrades we are ready to take Jamaica forward from the Rasta man to the ball head man, it is progress time."
• Damion Crawford - Former MP St Andrew East Rural: "This is the beginning of the end of the acceptance of the JLP's (Jamaica Labour Party) folly in running this country."
• Phillip Paulwell - Chairman of Region Three: "We need a tsunami on March 26 - the day when Comrade Peter Phillips truly becomes our leader and we have to send a message to the labourites that we are 100 per cent behind Peter Phillips."