AS THE rhetoric among members of the Andrew Holness camp and those supporting Audley Shaw for the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) heightens, the deputy leader in charge of area council three has given a clear signal that he will be challenging for the leadership of the party - an announcement he is expected to make on Thursday.
Making it clear that there has been a rallying cry from labourites for him to vie for the position as leader, Shaw said these sentiments have been overwhelming as he carried out his consultation with delegates.
"As I made my due diligence in consulting with delegates, I have been told ... Audley. 'your time has come'! It isn't my own personal ambition to run. It is the overwhelming support I am getting from Labourites," Shaw said.
However, Shaw's ambition to challenge the incumbent Holness has been described by JLP stalwart Pearnel Charles as an exercise in futility. He cautioned, not for the first time, that this move by the deputy leader called "man a yaad' would pave the way for another JLP loss in the next general election.
unite around holness
Charles, a third-term member of parliament (MP) for North Central Clarendon, openly questioned Shaw's leadership credentials and said that the area council three deputy leader's stewardship has been found wanting. He insisted that Shaw's effort and time would be better spent uniting Labourites around Holness in dislodging the current People's National Party's (PNP) government from power.
"The only thing the JLP need to change at this time is the present People's National Party (PNP) corrupt, bogus government, that has unleashed the greatest level of hardships on the Jamaican people," declared Charles, in an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106.