Portland Mayor faces no-confidence vote today
Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
PORT ANTONIO, Portland:
The Mayor of Port Antonio Benny White is facing an uncertain future this morning as he prepares for today’s meeting of the Portland Parish Council where a no-confidence vote is scheduled to take place.
The motion was moved last month by minority leader, the Jamaica Labour Party’s Derron Wood.
Mayor White is one of the five People’s National Party councillors in the Portland Parish Council.
The JLP has four.
However, although the PNP commands the majority in the Council, there is increasing anxiety because some PNP councillors are also said to be displeased with the leadership of Mayor White.
We were not able to reach Mayor White for a reaction ahead of today’s meeting.
However, it is understood that senior PNP officials in Kingston have met with the party’s councillors in Portland to warn against voting out Mayor White.
Mayor White first ascended to that office in 2006 – two years after he crossed the floor from the JLP and sided with four PNP councillors to oust then Mayor, Alston Hunter, in a no-confidence vote.
White was re-appointed mayor in 2012.
Yesterday former mayor, Hunter, said Mayor White was facing the retribution for his betrayal nine years ago.