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Fitz Jackson to mount challenge for chairmanship of PNP

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Fitz Jackson

It appears that another leadership race is brewing in the People's National Party (PNP).

The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre understands that a flyer which shows the member of parliament for St Catherine South, Fitz Jackson, campaigning for chairman of the PNP, has been circulating among party delegates. 

The flyer was distributed at yesterday's meeting of the National Executive Council at The University of the West Indies, Mona. 

Below a bust of Mr Jackson on the flyer are inscribed the words: "After careful consideration and urging of many comrades like yourself, I have decided to offer myself to serve as Chairman of our great party."

The flyer also lists the PNP MP's years of leadership service and experience in the party.

Efforts to reach Mr Jackson for a comment about the flyer were not successful up to the time of publication. 

Robert Pickersgill, who is often referred to as the PNP's "Chairman for Life", was re-elected to the post at the party's annual conference in September last year. 

Although saying he would not overstay his welcome, the 73-year-old had indicated at that time that he would be "going nowhere soon".

Both Mr Jackson and the MP for Western St Andrew, Anthony Hylton, have, in the past, indicated their aspirations to ascend to the PNP's second highest leadership position.