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‘I will not seek’ another term in office- Premier Smith

- said decision was made after much thought & prayer
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), one of the founding members of the National Democratic Party (NDP), announced on CNB 90.9 FM Radio this evening, June 18, 2018 that he will be calling it quits when the party goes into the next general elections. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), right, and Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), left, are the two candidates so far for the post of President at the National Democratic Party (NDP) internal election on June 23, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), right, and Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), left, are the two candidates so far for the post of President at the National Democratic Party (NDP) internal election on June 23, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands News Online first and accurately reported on June 15, 2018 that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) would announce early this week whether he would contest the upcoming internal elections of the National Democratic Party (NDP).

Premier Smith, one of the founding members of the NDP, this evening, June 18, 2018, announced on CNB 90.9 FM Radio, that he will be calling it quits when the party goes into the next general elections.

“The question I have asked myself is whether I should seek to continue to lead the party, and after much thought and prayer, after discussing the question with my colleagues and family I have concluded that I should not.”

Meanwhile, the NDP internal election is slated for June 23, 2018 and Premier Smith will not be seeking re-election as party president.

“And so when the NDP comes together in its upcoming convention I will not seek nor accept the nomination to lead the party into the next elections.”

Dr Smith, in the over 10-minute- broadcast aired from 8:30 P.M., said it is his expectation that the convention will see other candidates offer themselves up to lead and the assembled party members select a new leader.

“And while my journey as Premier and Leader of the Territory will come to a close at the end of this Government’s term in office, the mission that was launched so many years ago lives on.”

So far, two of Premier Smith’s own Cabinet colleagues, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) and Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), will challenge for the post of president in a June 23, 2018 NDP internal election.

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34 Responses to “‘I will not seek’ another term in office- Premier Smith”

  • ... (18/06/2018, 22:51) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    wow vino you does always be right
  • Hmmm (18/06/2018, 23:01) Like (16) Dislike (13) Reply
    Wow....There goes NDP...
  • voter (18/06/2018, 23:10) Like (60) Dislike (12) Reply
    Where was the protocol and respect to await the Premier’s announcement prior to advertising seeking the posts of Premier and Deputy?

    I voted NDP last election but I will be giving extra attention to each vote next election.

    • Luvz (19/06/2018, 01:37) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
      I agree with you voter. I was a NDP fan at the beginning but now it seem that they are no longer government in the sunshine. Its no longer crystal clear.
    • @ voter (19/06/2018, 09:15) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
      I don't even mind the protocol so much but THE RESPECT for crying out loud. Now they running for power and would want to be respected. SMDH. I PRAY FOR THESE VIRGIN ISLANDS I CALL HOME
  • jokers (18/06/2018, 23:18) Like (30) Dislike (37) Reply
    IDunn Now Time to Support Andre Fahie
  • Tadow (18/06/2018, 23:31) Like (96) Dislike (34) Reply
    Premier Smith, let me tell you something before you vacate that seat you better find that 7.2 million of taxpayers monies and put it back. Or else, is at Her Majesty Palace at Balsum Ghut you will find yourself serving some time.
    • the rock (19/06/2018, 02:53) Like (13) Dislike (55) Reply
      Shut your stinking mouth!
    • @tadow (19/06/2018, 04:04) Like (51) Dislike (14) Reply
      You’re so funny but you correct. Find the 7.2 million before he goes. Lol
    • one eye rooster (19/06/2018, 09:43) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
      7.2 million alone?????

      We need to know who all became millionaires with that 40 million overrun on the Pier Park including the Jamaican who up and down smoking Cuban cigar and laughing at BVI people.

      Too much thief with white collar crime and no man in jail!

      TT Monster now turn Cookie Monster!
    • yeap (19/06/2018, 22:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree
  • FBI Agent (18/06/2018, 23:52) Like (40) Dislike (18) Reply
    The UK put the hammer on you to decleard assets that you and your ministers received from those Russian billionaires. Hope you can justify it when we come for you.

    Don't try to get out while its warm. It's about to get hit.
    • agreed (19/06/2018, 07:41) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
      @FBI Agent, Just like Russia is going to be Donald Trump downfall, they are going to be Doc and his ministers downfall. I agree, things is going to get lit like a smoldering volcano.
  • foxy (19/06/2018, 01:59) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hats off to vino you batting with a full deck of cards you are always accurate
  • Laura (19/06/2018, 03:36) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive. All roosters will be in the pen fighting now to grab that power. NDP mess is Docs first mistake.. power and greed is ones ultimate demise...
  • Ley (19/06/2018, 04:20) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Everything you hear about NDP is always a done deal. What came from the premier,s statement is just what I was expecting. Noe NDP must place respectable Virginislander at the head of the party. Do not put anyone who does not know how to respect the HOS. Virginislanders are tired of the brawling in the house. That is not our style. Remember that is heard all over the world. Too much disrespect in the house. Hope with the next constitutional review the grandfather clause will be removed.
  • Interested (19/06/2018, 07:16) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    I hope that they know that Orlando still carries a loyal following,and that they be careful how they deal with these persons and treat him with due respect.
    Depending on the outcome of the elections on Saturday,I will decide whether I stick with the NDP God willing in the next election.
  • Truth (19/06/2018, 08:52) Like (33) Dislike (19) Reply
    Dr smith will go down in history as the worse Premier
  • pat (19/06/2018, 08:58) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply
    Bottom line it does not matter who they bring ndp will go
  • Irma (19/06/2018, 08:58) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    Again, I say after Saturday's Elections, NDP will be a party of the past. "Self-Destruction". I can see clearly now the rain is gone. NDP needs to be gone. Theses Virgin Islands deserve better. Fresh Political start. Innovation. Forward thinking, Transparency. Accountability. Respect. Integrity. New Day. No remnants of NDP. Now we can freely use the word "Robust". These Virgin Islands need an ethnic cleansing to return to its former glory. Robust economy, Diversification, Unity, Fair justice for All, Cries of joy and not cries of suffering and victimization. Cries of praise and not cries of pains. Truthfulness and not Lies and empty promises. Let this news be New day for these Virgin Islands......
  • ReXFeral (19/06/2018, 09:12) Like (15) Dislike (19) Reply
    He now need a PRISON term
  • weed (19/06/2018, 10:40) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    poor Mr. ZZZZZZZZ they force it out
  • Political Observer (PO) (19/06/2018, 10:58) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Why all the drama and speculation about loyalty, unity.......etc. Was this to garner some pity for the Premier? Was this intended to be a distraction, albeit temporary, from the myriad of problems plaguing the territory? Frankly, this process should have gone smoother. For example, the Premier should have announced ( if he knew he intended to step down)first that he is stepping down. Then there would have been less drama with Walwyn, Ronnie...... etc declaring that they were vying for the leadership.

    However, what is not clear is if the Premier is stepping down also from elected office/active politics. Nonetheless, despite a few political missteps, Doc has contributed much to the territory. May he enjoy a well earned retirement. Power, status, influence........etc is hard to give up but it is better to leave on one’s own initiative than to be asked to leave.
    • voter (19/06/2018, 12:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Speculation is something not based on facts but a blind man could see the power hungry horses full speed ahead. They lack loyalty and integrity and we will make our vote count.

      Don't come with no hot air this election season. All the flourish got to go.
  • Andrew Cox Sr (19/06/2018, 11:54) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Having to political affiliation; I am simply saying thank you to Dr Smith on the behalf of the Cox Family for his long term service to the territory: continue to be of good courage
  • ??? (19/06/2018, 12:24) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you for your years of service to THESE Virgin Islands Hon. Premier. It was a rough road but you did your best...
  • Concern Citizen (19/06/2018, 19:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you Dr. Smith for your relentless service. As you will see your party wouldn’t be the same. Persons voted for your party because of you and your medical service to the country. Citizens we have a country to rebuild.
  • Wicked Ingrates (19/06/2018, 19:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Doc is right. Leave these wicked fools to time.
  • Hmmm (19/06/2018, 22:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank god don’t pass back we need our 7 mill to give to a local airline (our people ) not outsiders We want
    Ronnie he will have this country running fine
  • Get outta here! (20/06/2018, 02:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unless those candidates convince me that they had tried to advise the premier on decisions but the premier went his own way, unless they can show me that the failure of the NDP party was due to the premier being aristocratic, that the sums of money that seems to have been misappropriated was the sole fault of the premier and that they had no part to play in any of it, I AINT VOTING FOR NONE OF THEM! You campaigned as a party ALL THE WAY, you failed as a party ALL THE WAY, now you need to be eliminated as a party ALL THE WAY. GTHOH.
  • Right decision (20/06/2018, 06:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doc you are doing the right thing. You do not need the stress. No matter what they say, you are a good person and you have a good heart.
    • @right decision (20/06/2018, 11:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I second that. Doc, I wish you could have continue to lead, obviously, there is more in the mortar. Some of us out here do not know the situations that you and some elected officials with good hearts face . . . the deceit, the bribery, the black mailing from external forces directly or through deceptive local entities . . . and maybe that was what the $7.2 for the plane was really about. Eventually, the truth will come out including why the Beneficial Ownership public registry stance by the UK Parliament is really all about as another way to break us down to be dominated. Those of you who feel we are dissing UK. We are not. The unaware who refuse to read up on world history will learn. We are PAWNS IN A GAME OF CONTROL. Read "Pawn in the Game" by Guy Carr. Pleeeeeaassssse..... The politics being played here is not what it seems. The international banksters are at it again. Bullying prominent and influential people in countries around the world to do their bidding. Read Ephesians chapter 6:10-12 that confirms whoare our enemies and they are not just to BVI but to humanity. BVI keep the scriptures close to heart especially, Psalms 121 where it states " I will lift up my eyes onto the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth." We will survive. Note: most brilliant scientists secretly have been consulting with the holy scriptures for answers that science could not solve. Continuing on from where I diverted. BVI only crime was beating the odds of proving it is was fit beyond being a bird sanctuary, to become the largest offshore company registry in the world by an ethic group, and becoming very successful at it to the ire of the banksters. Pure and Simple as that. It seems that there is a speed up of the process as the UN seem to have set it to conclude domination by 2030, and that is only 12 years away. There are many agendas going on at the same time, but folks do not think what I am saying is folly. Pay attention to everything around you, the weather and disasters, chemtrails in the sky, legislating moral values contrary to the holy scriptures, censoring preachers against those moral values, the increase in NPOs influence, front companies and small business to spy on local populations, external consultants connected to IMF/World Bank, vaccinations for adults, filthy music, infiltrated churches, transgenderism which is all over the entertainment, media, and political arenas, change of school curriculum for more control over our children - Common Core created by the USA, ideologies promoted by USA politics, corrupted news media, false flags to cover up other happenings, chips in your credit/debit card, using the Cloud to gather data about us against us, low flying drones at night, and CERN being used to meddle with the demonic realm, to name just a few. Sorry for being long winded, but I could not help letting you know that evil is upon us and we must pray without ceasing and for the Holy Spirit to give us discernment to see with our third eye.
  • ausar (20/06/2018, 10:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We will miss you, Dr. Smith!
  • yeah (20/06/2018, 19:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Already made enough to live comfortably in retirement.

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