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Blythe blasts PNP leadership over conference cancellation

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 9:40 PM
Dr Karl Blythe, People’s National Party’s presidential hopeful, at a media conference this morning.

People’s National Party (PNP) presidential hopeful Dr Karl Blythe has blasted the leadership of the party for its decision to cancel today’s private session of the party’s 78th annual conference.

The PNP had initially scheduled a three-day conference, to begin today, but two days ago, it announced that today's session had been cancelled and blamed the decision on financial problems.

However, this has not gone down well with Blythe who argues that it is unacceptable and unreasonable for delegates to be asked to vote tomorrow without first getting a chance to question the candidates.

According to him, delegates should have had an opportunity to hear from the candidates as they make up their minds on who to vote for.

 

A similar concern was raised yesterday by PNP stalwart John Junor.

Meanwhile, Blythe says despite the challenges he’s confident of victory over party president, Portia Simpson Miller, because a large number of comrades accept that she should go.

Blythe told reporters at a media conference this morning that if he wins he would become president of the party but will not ask any Member of Parliament to give up his or her seat.

According to him, he has no desire to become Leader of the Opposition and he would ask the MPs to vote on who should fill that post.

Blythe says he has not ruled out having Simpson Miller remain as the opposition leader but this would be the decision of opposition MPs.