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‘My allegiance is to the leader of the NDP'– Dr Pickering

-says he is not aware of any official internal elections for the leadership of the NDP
Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resource and Labour, during the popular radio talk show Honestly Speaking with Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) and social commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline stated that he is prepared if asked to serve his country as leader. Photo: Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), is battling for his political survival within his own National Democratic Party (NDP) as members are planning to oust him as party president at a meeting which is scheduled for June 23, 2018. Photo: VINO/Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), is battling for his political survival within his own National Democratic Party (NDP) as members are planning to oust him as party president at a meeting which is scheduled for June 23, 2018. Photo: VINO/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “I have not heard him [Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL)] say that he was prepared to step down or that his time was up. I have not heard him say any such thing, so as far as I am concerned at this point in time, today 29th of May, my allegiance is to the leader of the NDP, Dr D. Orlando Smith.”

This is according to Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resource and Labour, during the popular radio talk show Honestly Speaking with Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) and social commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 when asked if he will contest for the NDP leadership position.

He reiterated, “As far as I’m aware, I ain’t heard of no official word that there is going to be an election for the leadership of the National Democratic Party. I have heard just like you have heard and like someone once said this is a very small country and you do hear things. So I hear things just like you hear things. As far as I’m aware Dr D Orlando Smith is the leader of the NDP.”

It is said that Premier Smith is battling for his political survival within his own National Democratic Party (NDP) as members are planning to oust him as party president at a meeting which is scheduled for June 23, 2018.

Dr Pickering prepared to serve as NDP leader

Pushing the subject further, Mr Skelton-Cline asked Dr Pickering if the time comes for a leadership change in the NDP, would he be prepared to become the leader of the party.

In response, he said, “Whatever leadership capacity I’m asked to serve in this country, I’m prepared. I’ve been in the leadership position in my country for the longest while, and whatever the situation is that I find myself in I try to do the best that I can.”

The NDP has come under fire from the public, the media, civil society and its supporters for the poor management of the Territory's finances and the allegation of corruption.

The next general election in the Virgin Islands (VI) is constitutionally due by the first quarter of 2019 and is expected to be another showdown between the NDP and the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) headed by Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), First District Representative.

8 Responses to “‘My allegiance is to the leader of the NDP'– Dr Pickering”

  • ... (30/05/2018, 11:32) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please kedrick we know better
  • BRAD BOYNES (30/05/2018, 12:31) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    His allegiance is to his rich Anglo friends and ace spoon coons.
  • SMH (30/05/2018, 12:43) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shouldn't your allegiance be with the country (and do what would benefit it) and not on any party leader?
  • right (30/05/2018, 13:40) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    He did the right thing and stated his position and I respect him for that. While it is crystal clear the hand writing is on the wall.
  • foxy (30/05/2018, 14:36) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    he never said that when Mitch was hitting Dr Smith set of hypocrites
  • Interested (30/05/2018, 15:21) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    To those who are planning and plotting the downfall of Dr Smith and/0r the NDP.You Know what you have and no iidea what you will get. Everyone says I can do it better,but wait till they get in the hot seat.Barry says you will hear,We shall see what we shall see.I totally agree with what Dr Pickering says.I love him as my doctor,though not sure right now if I want to see him as Premier,He and I will have to talk about that one on one.
  • ABC (30/05/2018, 20:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time will tell
  • Golden Eye (31/05/2018, 04:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I lot of these Bvi minsters have too much rich white friends can’t be trusted.


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