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‘Victory was assured had I gone VIP’ – Albert O. Wheatley

- said he was approached by all parties except the NDP to run on their tickets; urges electorate to pick sense out of nonsense
Independent candidate for the Ninth District Albert O. Wheatley speaking in The Valley last evening May 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Wheatley promised to overhaul the budget as one of the first order of business if elected. Photo: VINO
Wheatley promised to overhaul the budget as one of the first order of business if elected. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience last night. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience last night. Photo: VINO
More attendees to the meeting. Photo: VINO
More attendees to the meeting. Photo: VINO
Joshua Wheatley introduces his father Albert O. Wheatley to the podium. Photo: VINO
Joshua Wheatley introduces his father Albert O. Wheatley to the podium. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Independent candidate in the Ninth District Albert O. Wheatley, speaking at a political rally in the Valley, Virgin Gorda last evening May 29, 2015 believes that if he had signed up with the Virgin Islands Party, as he nearly did, he would have been guaranteed a victory.

However, he said that this victory would have been a hollow one because of the fact that while supporters of the VIP would have been in jubilation, the supporters of the National Democratic Party (NDP) would have been unhappy.

It is for this reason that he made the decision to run as an independent candidate with a view to being able to represent all the people without having to subscribe to any party philosophy or to get on a stage and bash members of one side or the other.

“A lot of people have been asking me the question, why an Independent candidate? In the last election roughly 567 individuals voted for the Virgin Islands Party and roughly 535 individuals voted for the National Democratic Party,” he said.

“If I choose to run on the Virgin Islands Party ticket what would I be saying to the 535 persons who supported the National Democratic Party? [Likewise] if I choose to run with the National Democratic Party what would I be saying to the 567 who supported the Virgin Islands Party? It is very important for me to be seen as representing all of the residents of the district and the best way to do that is to be neutral and not appear to be on the side of a group,” he explained.

The political first timer said that too that he has a lot of family and friends on both sides of the spectrum. Further, he said that he was born in North Sound, raised in the Valley and his great-grandfather is from Anegada. “The electorate is very divided so it is important for me to be seen as representing all of the residents of the Ninth District,” he said. “If I should win, all the residents should feel as they are winners and not one group feel as if they have won,” he said.

The religious leader added that he works with the current NDP administration and as such, “I don’t think it would be right and fair and being a man of principle to be on a stage bashing the Government I work with."

Approached by all except NDP

Wheatley claimed he was approached by all of the parties with the exception of the National Democratic Party to run on their various tickets. He singled out the Virgin Islands Party, the People’s Empowerment Party, the People’s Patriotic Alliance and the United Party as all having approached him to run on their ticket. He said in the end he decided on being an Independent candidate as he felt he would best serve the interests of all the people that way.

Ninth District way behind

Wheatley believes that the Ninth District is way behind in its development and said that for a district that contributes so much in terms of tourism dollars it is not reflected in the national budget allocation.

He mentioned the lack of proper medical facilities and a visitor centre on Anegada and he also called for there to be a larger office of the BVI Tourist Board and for an office of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.

A veteran in hospitality management, Wheatley said that more must be done to ensure that the district remains first in tourism.

“Anegada and Virgin Gorda contribute 75 percent of tourism revenue to the Government coffers. The Tourist Board office in Tortola has two floors of office space. The tourist Board office in Virgin Gorda has two cubicles,” he lamented.

National Budget

Wheatley does not believe that the district is getting its fair share from the national budget especially when it contributes o much in terms of tourism dollars. “It is about time we get our fair share of what we are entitled to,” he said. He noted that of the 11 capital projects identified by Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith in his budget speech earlier this year, just one project was mentioned for District Nine, the Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre.

“If you send me to the Third House of Assembly on June 8, mark my words, on June 9 I will sit with the new Government whoever they are, and the first step is to pick up the budget and overhaul it and find out what is in the budget for Anegada and Virgin Gorda. I am yet to hear one politician in the Ninth District in this campaign mention anything about the budget and if you don’t talk about the budget you are not speaking reality as if it is not in the budget it is not going to happen,” he said.

Wheatley plans to have another meeting in North Sound area next week Thursday June 4, 2015 and plans also to make an appearance on the Morning Ride radio show with Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart on Zrod 103.7 FM next week as he seeks to increase visibility.

While last night’s attendance in the Valley was modest by any standards, there were people sitting in their vehicles and honking their horns in support of the points Wheatley was making, which came over as sound and practical and did not seem like pie in the sky promises.

In a simple and direct manner, he urged that persons don’t get carried away by the political talk and just "pick sense out of nonsense" during this campaign season.

A record six candidates are contesting for the Ninth District seat. They are VIP’s Mr Elton L. Sprauve aka ‘All Out’, NDP’s Dr Hubert O'Neal, the People’s Empowerment Party’s Faye J. Reese-Charles and Independent candidates Mr Albert O. Wheatley, Mrs Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams and Mr Vernon V. Vanterpool.

44 Responses to “‘Victory was assured had I gone VIP’ – Albert O. Wheatley”

  • ccc (30/05/2015, 09:54) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    Blah blah blah
    • Oh Please (30/05/2015, 19:48) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
      Albert what utter nonsense, sounds like you are saying that you are running independent because you want to please everyone, You are not even honest enough to tell the voters that you were hoping to be on NDP ticket. But since that didn't happen you decided to go it alone hoping that you could draw voters from both parties. We know where your loyalties lie. You should swallow your pride and go help Bertie campaign.
      • concerned citizen (31/05/2015, 07:05) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
        After all the mess the Ndp Government has made in this country especially in the 9th district with the water rights situation how dare you com e on here asking the residents of the 9th to put them back in talk to the residents who are chased away from these areas and see what they have to say who feels it knows it. Mr Wheatlry would make an excellent rep over there
        • @concerned citizen (01/06/2015, 12:27) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

          Will not be an excellent rep for the 9th district because he is supporting the NDP who has destroyed us and trying to sell out our lands and water rights to the their rich friends......

  • Thinking Out Loud (30/05/2015, 09:59) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
    Kudos to you Mr Wheatley, You made some great points. I like the approach that you are taking and not throwing stones at any political party or any other candidates. I wish you the best in the upcoming elections and God's speed.
  • VG voter (30/05/2015, 10:01) Like (32) Dislike (8) Reply
    That's what I talking about, he sounds a lot like the Late Reel George, a man of principle. God knows we need more people like that in the house of assembly. Good luck Albert pushing for you.
  • 2019 (30/05/2015, 10:11) Like (28) Dislike (24) Reply
    It simply means NDP is your party of preference, They didn`t need you, so you try to prove to them, you can get more votes than Hubert,------ you know you are not going to win.---this between you and Hubert to prove a point..
    The 9 district is between all out and Hubert---Either of them is a better choice than you--stay at large then you will get my vote in 2019, I --at-large only
    • Boom (30/05/2015, 18:50) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
      Well if this were the case, the NDP dropped the ball with that choice because we do not want Hubert sweetheart. Albert is just as good a choice as all the other candidates so try stop the noise.
    • Florence (30/05/2015, 19:52) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      The BVI is at a cross road and we must stick to the positive and remember any negative you put out to someone else it all comes back to you and your house. Mr. Wheatley is the best man for the district. This election is not about party but about the people of these islands.
      Blogger when you say or write negative comments on behalf of any candidate those words are like drinking poison hoping it will kill the other man. Every candidate have a right to contest any election.
  • Cotton (30/05/2015, 10:13) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Real stuff he talking there!!
  • just asking. (30/05/2015, 10:16) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    Is he for real?
  • voter (30/05/2015, 10:33) Like (17) Dislike (12) Reply
    This s the only candidate making sense and I would vote
    for. Common sense approach to realistic issues. He has my entire
    family for sure.
  • 9th voter (30/05/2015, 10:36) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
    Only fools would ask such stupid questions.
    Every thing he said makes sense.
  • Big red (30/05/2015, 10:40) Like (23) Dislike (18) Reply
    Come on people, I think we all should give Albert, a chance the man ,talking real suff, he has good plan's for the country. So let's vote for Albert. THANK YOU GOD BLESS! !
  • voting (30/05/2015, 10:40) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
    The sister islands districts needs representative like Mr. Wheatley

    It is very obvious common sense is lacking, which is why they are
    left behind.
  • Rolling stones (30/05/2015, 11:19) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply

    Finally someone start to talk bout this budget! VG ain get $h1t for the amount of money the government got. Albert, you got my vote

  • hog wash (30/05/2015, 11:34) Like (20) Dislike (26) Reply

    the NDP done rat him out, I get it from inside source in the NDP that he is an NDP mold place ther to split ALL OUT votes, so Hubert O Neal could win, but Hubert is the wrong O'Neil, V.G don't want him and VG don't want you, go sit your @$$ down and stop trying to fool God and his people.

    • VG Girl (30/05/2015, 12:58) Like (13) Dislike (17) Reply
      VG don't want all out either. Or I should say they dont need all out. Go sit down.
    • insider (30/05/2015, 18:44) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
      People like you make me laugh, coming on here PRETENDING to have a source within the NDP to spread pure lies and propaganda. . Long story shor, your 'source' is a liar. This man decided to run independent because he wants to represent the entire 9th district instead of choosing a side. The man just said NDP did not approach him but you still on here spewing pure trash and hot air. Enough with these lies.
    • Mercy me (31/05/2015, 21:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      What did Bertie do to you? Why the hate? We vote because of what we feel that the person can bring to the table. Stop with the personal attacks. We cannot say that Bertie can't do anything if he was never given an opportunity to prove what he can or cannot do. People of the 9th are supposed to be smart people. Make up your own minds and vote using your conscience for the candidate of your choice. For me I see Bertie as the person that appeared most professional and mature after all the rhetoric is unfolded. However we all have a choice.
  • SHAME (30/05/2015, 12:51) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Youth affairs and sports DOES have an office on VG Albert. This is what happens when you are not on touch. Oops!! Forgot you live in Tola
    • gatsby (30/05/2015, 15:10) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      The VIP is fraud and the NDP is MORE fraud I aint voting any of them! what albert is talking bout hear makes so much sense. I passed cross there last night and I heard him talk bout a training institute to train ppl who work in these hotels and other tourist attractions. I totally agree cause none of them got manners whatsoever. NONE! teach them how to greet people properly and keep a smile on them face all the time. n VG does have a youth affairs and sports up here. Do a lil more research . But nobody is perfect. them parties could give me a white envelope right now and I still wouldnt vote for them. All Out? NEVER. That man aint good in he head. Hubert a waste he could sit down and the others just blah blah blahing. You got me and my family vote Albert. Hope you get in.
  • tola insider tb (30/05/2015, 12:55) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    All those tourism ideas were in the sister island proposed budget for the last three years but the NDP appointed director took that all away and did nothing. She got the TB IN A MESS!!!
  • 9 district police (30/05/2015, 13:37) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
    People of Anegada and Virgin Gorda the only persons ran this district is Ralph t Oneal for 40 years and our accomplishment is minimum so he is to be blame and now he Retired why should we believe him common sence the man for the Job repesent us in the house of assembly be honest to your self and the future of your children and Grandchildren vote for Albert Weatley
  • for sure (30/05/2015, 14:20) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    This election should be about common sense
    and the people needs to step up to the plate.

    Its obvious a new turning point for the 9th district
    I hope they seized the moment,

    Inspire of all the ignorance they are hearing.
  • pigfoot (30/05/2015, 15:25) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    I agree Pastor! COMMON SENSE!
  • Ninth District Voter (30/05/2015, 16:33) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    For your information when you are elected in a District you automatically represent all the people of that District whether they voted for you or not. No one is buying you naive, ignorant reasoning. If you had really cared about the 9th district you would have run to win with the VIP, your move can only hurt the people of the District. Common sense sense should have told you to run at large if you felt so compelled to run. Selfish move.
    • voter (30/05/2015, 21:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are crazy, why some people get no contracts when one party is in and others get all the contracts? If u had any sense u would know that the district is quite divided and opportunities are not that "automatic" for all. Where do u live.
  • Pastor (30/05/2015, 16:50) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    you need to go back and preach the word of GOD
  • power (30/05/2015, 16:59) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Power is okay and stupidity is usually harmless. Power and stupidity together are dangerous.
  • voter (30/05/2015, 17:09) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hear common sense, "When the new clinic finish and they move in, put the senior citizens in the old clinic, then put fire in a good building by public works, then when fire move fix up the market area with rest rooms and proper spsce.". This is a man who really thinking dread. Rest of them ain't ready yet. Put this man in.
  • vg youth (30/05/2015, 18:01) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    That office was closed for months
    check your fact from chatting fart.

    Dam haters.
  • Teacher (30/05/2015, 18:41) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr.Wheatly I commend you. I'm glad Joshua introduced you at your rally last night. This shows a great family bond and support. Such a smart handsome young man. Good luck Mr.Wheatley! You have my vote.
  • RealPol (30/05/2015, 22:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the single/majority party system, opposition/independent candidates cannot easily influence decisions. It is normally a tough row to hoe. There are few circumstsnces when an independent may be able to wield some influence, ie, 1)when no party has the seats to form a majority to form a government or 2)when a government has a razor thin majority. No party can gurantee a candidate victory;running with a particular party may enhance a candidate chances but no gurantee. Voters decide who wins and are not sheep to be easily led off the cliff.

    Perplexed by Mr. Wheatley reasoning that he is running as an independent candidate so as not to offend supporters of both NDP or VIP. Well, it is about serving and meeting the needs of ALL district residents regardless of party colors. This is not currently the practice for opposition districts get punished for the plurality of voters choice at the polls, ie, D-1, D-2, D-3 and D-9.

    Mr. Wheatly is communicating a good message about the needs of the district. Particularly, his message on VG & Anegada contributing 3 of 4 tourism dollars but gets back less than its fair share. The 9th getting its fair share should be on the platfiorm of every candidate.
    • Supporter (30/05/2015, 23:23) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
      He never said he does not want to offend anyone, not even Jesus was able to please all. He said he wants to be seen as being there for all and not for a specific group
  • Truth (30/05/2015, 22:45) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    The good pastor need to speak the truth. HE approached VIP but got no response. He is a NDP to the bone which is ok. He around whispering in people ear asking them to vote for him instead of All Out. He full well know that if he get in he sitting with only NDP whether it be Gov or Opposition.

    No man is an island so I don't know why he fooling off the people that he can represent the 9th District without a party affiliation. He's not fooling me. He wanted to run with NDP but they couldn't choose him over Hubert as much as they wanted to because Hubert would have dropped down. So now Albert running "undercover" to take NDP votes from Hubert. Poor Hubert so power hungry he can't see the writing on the wall all these years that NDP never wanted him.

    I urge VIP supporters to not get caught up in all the independent candidates hype. DO NOT SPLIT YOUR VOTES. Vote VIP ALL THE WAY..

    • @Truth (01/06/2015, 01:34) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      I see that you are not playing with a full deck of cards. You are making such jackas€€ comments about not splitting votes? Who the EFF F are you? A darn fool that's who you are.
      • Truth (02/06/2015, 06:30) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        @Truth...I see the truth hurts you but I can tell from your response thar you are young and can't handle the truth. Call me a fool as much as you like but the end end of the day all those who have ever split their votes in one shape or form has regretted it.

        Like it or not, the wise VIP-ers and NDP-ers NEVER split their votes because each side want their team to come out victorious.

        VIP-ers do not split your votes. VOTE VIP ALL THE WAY! Forward ever...backward never.
  • Lookee (31/05/2015, 00:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
  • @VG voter (01/06/2015, 12:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    How dare you compare him to a statesman such as the late Hon. Reeil George!!!!!!!!!! He is secretly running for the NDP, i am ashamed of him seeing that he is a p**tor and all.

  • Common Sense Not So Common! (01/06/2015, 19:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here's a breakdown on the way our government works:

    Though the government is made up of 13 candidates, It takes 7 winning candidates to win the government. 5 of the 7 are ministers; all other winners on the government side are Backbenchers. Other winners not on the governing party are on the Opposition.

    Currently the NDp has 9 of the 13 seats including 5 ministries. Since Mr. Wheatley is running with the NDp, it means that should they win back all 9 seats, or only 7, it means that he will be a Backbencher, since the guys already filling those ministries, will continue to hold on to them. He thus will be receiving only $120,000 a year, referred to as Discretionary Spending.
    The same is true for Hubert, if he wins. He will not get a Ministry and will be on the Backbench. So, Virgin Gorda and Anegada, the second largest district, in terms of number of voters, and comprising of 2 islands; will hardly be in a good position. Not good.

    By the way, Albert wanted to run with the Vip. However, since one of his two jobs was created for him by Hon Myron, it is alleged that he was called on it. Also note that his marketing colors, (flyerts etc, are of similar colors to the Ndp's). Since Albert has a preference, (or are in a position where he has to be in support of the Ndp), a vote for him or Hubert would be equal to a vote for Kedrick Pickering; the minister who declared that "He's proud to have "Rich white friends, and that others are jealous of him as such"

    On the other hand, should the VIPs win the government with all 7, (say 5 District and 2 At Large, not far fetched at all), including the Mr. Sprauve he would be in a very good position to command a Ministry, since there are 5 ministries, with Frazer and Fahie occupying two of them, with 3 to be filled; a very good position to be in. The 9th District needs to have a Ministry; the Natural Resources Ministry in particular.

  • Billon dollar man (02/06/2015, 19:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop telling people lies he is not with the NDP.
  • lil vg (03/06/2015, 20:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As people we need to look at what is going on. Does it matter what party he runs with? VIP or NDP OR PEP. the whole point is the man is making sense and and that is a person the district needs. really I ama VIP supporter but I rather vote for the person making sense. Mr.wheatley grew up in vg he knows what the community needs. Lets stop hating VIP or NDP pick the person with sense. WE VOTING FOR COMMON SENSE.ALL DOES VIP PEOPLE KEEP UR NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO UR DAM@@ SELFS.

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