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Hon Ronnie W. Skelton wants Premier ‘formally recognised’ for devoted service to VI

-had co-founded NDP with Premier, Dr Orlando D. Smith
NDP President and Premier Dr the Honourable, D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
 Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (right), is now in a fight for his political future, coming up against newcomer, Education and Culture Minister, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, who is also contesting the internal election, for the post of President of the party. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (right), is now in a fight for his political future, coming up against newcomer, Education and Culture Minister, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, who is also contesting the internal election, for the post of President of the party. Photo: VINO/File
The nine party offices being contested are that of NDP President—currently held by Dr Smith—Vice President, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Chaplain, Chairman of the Youth Movement, and Chairperson of the Women’s Association. Photo: VINO/File
The nine party offices being contested are that of NDP President—currently held by Dr Smith—Vice President, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Chaplain, Chairman of the Youth Movement, and Chairperson of the Women’s Association. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Co-founder of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Health and Social Development Minister, the Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), has called for Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI), Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, to be formally recognised at an appropriate time in the near future for his service to the Territory.

Hon Skelton’s clarion call came by way of a public statement on social media today, June 21, 2018, following Dr Smith’s announcement on Monday, June 15, 2018, that he would be stepping down as President of the NDP, and would not lead the party into the upcoming General Elections, due in 2019.

Devoted & Steadfast

“Premier, as we fondly call him, has been our leader from the challenging days of the NDP’s inception. He has led us through five General Elections with a steady hand and his trademark of deep-seated humility,” Hon Skelton said, as he commended the NDP leader for “his devoted and steadfast leadership.”

Leadership, he said “during a period of considerable development and growth of the people of these Virgin Islands.”

According to Hon Skelton, “…over the past 19 years of his political career, he has continued his unbroken legacy of service to the people of these Virgin Islands, always striving for what is best for our Territory.”

He said, as a founding member of “this NDP, I have served alongside Dr Smith from day one, and I want to take this opportunity to be among the first to thank him for his unwavering dedication and contribution—not only to the National Democratic Party, but most importantly to our beloved Virgin Islands.”

New Leadership

According to Hon Skelton, the members of the NDP “look forward to Dr Smith’s wise counsel as an elder Statesman, as we begin a new chapter of progress for these Virgin Islands and as we make this transition to new leadership.”

The NDP co-founder, who currently also holds the government portfolio of Minister for Health and Social Development, had formally launched his bid to lead the part, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, last.

It our newsroom’s understanding that he has the support of Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), who himself dropped out the race a few days ago.

Veteran

Hon Skelton is a political veteran who was first elected in 1999 to 2007, but lost the 2007 elections. He was re- elected again in 2011 to the position he still holds.

He was the first politician—who was not a Chief Minister or Premier—to serve as Minister of Finance [2003-2007].

The NDP stalwart, is now in a fight for his political future, coming up against newcomer, Education and Culture Minister, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), who is also contesting the internal election, for the post of President of the party.

Nine Offices

The NDP’s Convention is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2018, where Delegates will—in the party’s internal elections—vote for a new leadership.

The nine party offices being contested are that of NDP President—currently held by Dr Smith—Vice President, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Chaplain, Chairman of the Youth Movement, and Chairperson of the Women’s Association.

The June 23, 2018 NDP Delegates Convention is being held in accordance with the party’s constitution which dictates it be held, “at least once in every two years, which shall deal with any or all matters affecting the party; proposed amendments to the party’s constitution; review the performance of the party and elect party officers.”

Whatever the outcome on June 23, 2018, the NDP will face the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), with Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the helm.

General Election in the VI is constitutionally due by next year but some political pundits are predicting a likely 2018 poll—early elections being lawful under the VI Constitution Order.

15 Responses to “Hon Ronnie W. Skelton wants Premier ‘formally recognised’ for devoted service to VI ”

  • Jaigon Jumbie (21/06/2018, 11:44) Like (31) Dislike (12) Reply
    My money is on Ronnie any day. In this life people just don’t know how to wait on their turn. No darm fly by night should want to lead country.
    • ccc (21/06/2018, 12:42) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
      funny man going out fox he you watch
    • My Turn Is Now (21/06/2018, 14:30) Like (22) Dislike (12) Reply
      Keep waiting on your turn. That is what "Jumbies" do. The BRAVE LLEADES do not have to wait ona turn, they prepare themselves to face challenges head-on. That is why the BVI is way behind where it had the potential to be. VERY CAPABLE LEADERS WERE WAITING ON THEIR TURN......AND STILL WAITING. WAY TO GO HON MYRON AND ALL YOUNG, UP AND COMING LEADERS!!! NOW is your turn. Hope this is posted.
    • The Exorcist (22/06/2018, 10:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oooh we're soo sensitive. Calm down and let the process run it's course.
  • Just my 3cents (21/06/2018, 12:57) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well I agree but when will they honour Ralph O’Neal?
  • VI strong (21/06/2018, 14:14) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    I would choose Ronnie over the other because Ronnie is about country first.
    The other is acting like the minster for the 1st fighting power.
  • purcell (21/06/2018, 14:41) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    Regardless of what one might think or how people feel about Dr. Smith, he is a good and humble individual and I wholeheartedly agree with Hon. Ronnie Skelton. Whatever is planned, please ensure that it includes the entire territory and not just the party
    • west (21/06/2018, 19:03) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      I agree 1000%.
    • Reader (21/06/2018, 21:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Regardless of the flaws that many have identified in Dr. D. Orlando Smith, he is one of the most humble Premiers ever. I have never known him to "pull down" anyone, or to try to be vengeful (i.e. tit for tat like some are known for). I agree to giving him special recognition for his invaluable contributions to the Territory. Of course similar recognition (overdue based on what has been said thus far) should be given to Ralph T. O'Neal. Giving recognition when it is due is nothing to do with party affiliation.
  • Sage (21/06/2018, 16:22) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    I’ll be choosing Ronnie W. too. Walwyn will get his chance one of these days, probably. Both of them have great qualities. Right now Ronnie and then we can transition the leadership. It’s too critical a time.
  • Yes i do agree (21/06/2018, 17:06) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr.Smith deserve to be recognized for his services. Honestly, Doc is a good person and he have a good heart.


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