There are more indications, from inside the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), that its leader Andrew Holness will face a challenge come November when the party stages its annual conference.
Sunday Gleaner sources, late last week, confirmed that some party members and major players in the private sector are encouraging Deputy Leader Audley Shaw to challenge Holness.
"Audley's time come now," declared one JLP insider days after the matter was the subject of a heated debate in the weekly meeting of the party's Standing Committee.
"The Government is destroying the country and it needs a strong JLP with a strong leader like Audley to take on this (Portia) Simpson Miller administration and rescue the country," added the insider, who asked not to be named.
Reports out of last Monday's Standing Committee meeting are that Deputy Chairman Aundre Franklyn was accused of being part of a group plotting to have Shaw challenge Holness.
This was denied by Franklyn in a heated exchange during which the party's leader reportedly made strong comments about action he would take against any challenger.
Holness has since denied the comments and took to the popular social-media site Facebook to charge that "it appears that there are elements (in the party) who have no interest in the national interest and would seek to create distractions by giving misinformation and making false allegations in the press in order to create confusion".
Holness called for a rejection of "those who, for their own self-interest, seek to create disunity".
In a thinly veiled response to a possible challenge Holness posted: "As leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and the Opposition, I am a firm believer in the democratic process and I believe and practise the highest principles of politics. My track record in this regard is beyond question."
He also posted a picture of himself and Shaw in happier times.
Shaw is off the island, but after telling The Gleaner three months ago that he was not contemplating a run for the party's top job because "there is no vacancy for leadership," he was less strident when contacted.
"I will not comment on that," declared Shaw when asked about the reports that he is to mount a challenge.
"I will not discuss internal party matters with the media," added the self-styled 'man-a-yard', who has captured the imagination of JLP supporters over the years and has long been seen as a future leader of the party.
Shaw put aside his ambition in 2005 to allow Bruce Golding to replace Edward Seaga as leader, and again in 2011 when an agreement was brokered to ease Holness into the leader's chair without a challenge.
But in recent weeks, the pressure has been mounting for Shaw to challenge Holness who is yet to capture the imagination of Labourities.
"Andrew's style just turn off people and nobody has any idea as to where he wants to take the Labour Party and how he intends to get there," said one senior member of the party who had backed Holness to replace Golding.
"I don't blame Andrew for any of the election defeats since he became leader, but I look at the party and I don't think I have ever seen it this down and clueless in all the years that I have been an active labourite," added the insider.
According to the insider, Shaw's challenge will not be part of any conspiracy or plot.
"The party's constitution allows for a challenge. It just has to be managed properly so that it does not hurt us, as other so-called gangs and plots have hurt us in the past."
Holness had earlier already indicated that he expects to be challenged while he embarks on what he has described as the rebuilding of the JLP.
He repeated that stance during an interview on radio last Thursday.
According to Holness — the youngest-ever leader of the JLP — a challenge to his leadership would be a natural part of the political process and would not spell disaster.
Shaw is slated to return to the island on Tuesday, at which time he is expected to shed more light on the matter of a challenge.