PNP's Ian Hayles withdraws claim Buchanan told him to challenge DK Duncan
West Hanover Member of Parliament, the People’s National Party’s Ian Hayles has withdrawn his comments that Eastern Westmoreland MP Luther Buchanan had encouraged him to run against DK Duncan for the post of Region Six chairman.
"Two years ago, Luther Buchanan told me to challenge DK Duncan for the leadership of Region Six but I told him that I was not ready... but I am ready now," Hayles, said at the Montego Bay High School auditorium in St James on Saturday as he launched his chairmanship bid.
He also said that Derrick Kellier, a PNP vice president, told him one month ago: "It is your time now... you back down twice for DK so it's your time now."
Both Buchanan, a PNP deputy general secretary, and Kellier, are supporting Duncan.
On Monday night, Buchanan claiming that Hayles' statement was not true, demanded the retraction saying the claim impugned his reputation.
Hayles, under pressure from Buchanan, today released a statement by way of the PNP secretariat withdrawing the claim.
"It has come to my attention that remarks made by me on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Montego Bay High School have been interpreted by Mr Luther Buchanan as an affront," Hayles said.
"I wish to categorically state that it was never my intention, by virtue of my remarks, to cause Mr Buchanan to take umbrage. It is on this basis that I withdraw the remarks at issue forthwith, with the intention to dispel any such notion," he added.
A delegates conference is scheduled for Montego Bay on Sunday to elect the Region Six chairman.
The PNP's Region Six comprises St James, Hanover and Westmoreland.