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#JaVotes2016: This 'Monkey' will stop Warmington, says Councillor

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:31 PM
GladstoneTaylor Photo - A PNP supporter waves an orange flag beside a billboard bearing the image of the party's candidate for South West St Catherine, Rudyard Mears.

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Esworth Frankson, Councillor of the Old Harbour Central division in the St Catherine Parish Council, said he has been called a monkey because he decided to leave the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in 2014 and join the People's National Party (PNP).

"Him say me a monkey but di monkey a go deal with him case. Dis monkey tek care a him people that's why dem caah move me," he said Saturday night, but never named his antagonist.

"That man must go," Frankson later said in reference to the JLP incumbent MP, Everald Warmington. 

Having failed on three previous occasions to stop Warmington from being Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine, the People's National Party (PNP) has moved it's road show to Old Harbour, hoping to use it to boost Rudyard Mears' chances of winning the seat.

Warmington, since returning to active politics in 1997, has held the seat for three terms.

He lost the 1997 election to Jennifer Edwards but has since turned back three consecutive PNP advances.

Warmington, a rambunctious man, has often found himself in the naughty corner as a result of poor behaviour. 

Among his indiscretions are the flipping of the bird finger to members of a press; a notorious "go to hell" comment to a journalist and the labelling of Lisa Hanna as a Jezebel.

"We want to restore decency and dignity to Parliament," said Floyd Morris in an appeal to Comrades to send a representative to Gordon House in whom they can be proud.

Mears emerged the PNP's choice for South West St Catherine after beating former Senator Dr Keste Miller in an internal election.

Warmington, who first won the seat by 1,214 votes saw his margin cut to 916 in the last general election in 2011.

In 2007, he had beaten the PNP's Dennis Jones by 3,244 votes.

Since 2011, the South West St Catherine Voters' List has swelled by 4,683 voters to 36,778.

Councillor John Wilson (Old Harbour North) recalled that he engineered success in the seat for the PNP in 1976 when Ruddy Lawson beat Bruce Golding to take the seat that Golding inherited from his father, Tacius Golding.

"This is another Ruddy and come the 25th, all I am asking you, each one bring one. None of you must go to the poll alone," Wilson said.

He told the comrades he was glad to see the support being given to Mears.

"I am much happier for the persons who supported Everald Warmington in the last election and decide say dem caah support him now," he added.