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‘VIP will name candidates in 1 month; I am not undermining Congress’- Hon Fahie

The Virgin Islands Party has said by a month’s time it will make known a number of its candidates to contest the next general elections of the Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook/File
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said he wants people who are compatible with each other and can work as a team to join the Virgin Islands Party (VIP). Photo: VINO/File
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said he wants people who are compatible with each other and can work as a team to join the Virgin Islands Party (VIP). Photo: VINO/File
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, on April 27, 2018. Photo: Facebook
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, on April 27, 2018. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many residents, political and social commentators have all predicted a snap election this year and continue to ask where is the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) team.

However, in an interview on Friday April 27, 2018 Chairman of the main Opposition VIP and Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said, “The VIP is almost there, within a month’s time we will be there.”

At the end of the interview, he peddled back and warned “we may not have all the candidates out, but we will have some within a month…”

The First District Representative was at the time speaking on the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz.’

No other motives but the people

Hon Fahie said he takes leadership very seriously and added, "finding people to run with the VIP is not an issue, that is easy, but I want the right people... people who can work as a team, we got to make sure we are compatible with each other…”

The man who could be the next Premier, if his party wins, assured that “yes the VIP will be ready for the next elections.”

Hon Fahie stated, “we may not have the best individuals, but we will have the best team.”

When asked by the host to respond to allegations that he has been undermining the 76 Member Congress to get his way and to dictate who must be on the ticket, and that his leadership style might be intimidating, the young leader dismissed the suggestions and said this was the first he heard of such allegations.

Fahie: It’s not up to me, its Congress but….

He said “that is foolishness, as the VIP has a system in place through its Congress and that everybody has an agenda and you must find the person who has the same agenda and passion as you….passion to get what needs to be done for the people.”

Hon Fahie said, “all candidates must come to it, for the right reasons, you not going to join the VIP because you think it’s an easy ticket to get into power, we have to have the right motives, you not going to run your own show, we going to do this together and if this intimidates anybody, it shows they have an agenda totally different from what the people want…”

The former Minister for Education and Culture Hon Fahie said, under a VIP Government, “there will be more accountability, and that the county will be turned back over to God and the people.” 

He said you cannot delay the things that needs to be done for the people, explaining that the laws to do whatever needs to be done for the Financial Services sector are always done in a hurry, but other things to protect the people are always delayed.

The next general elections is constitutionally due by the first quarter of 2019 and it’s expected to be another show down between the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) headed by 73 year old Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) and the Opposition VIP headed by Fahie.

There are also talks ongoing by two new groups, along with a party that contested the 2011 general elections, that could feature in the next elections.

46 Responses to “‘VIP will name candidates in 1 month; I am not undermining Congress’- Hon Fahie”

  • 911 (28/04/2018, 16:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hummmmmm
  • Observer. (28/04/2018, 17:14) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Glad to hear this. I think they took too long but at least they on the way. Get your people out. Start house to house campaigning. Dont wait until elections are called. Go out in the communities and be visible. Find out what needs to be done. Get your accountants to look at costs etc. So when you are putting your manifesto together you get it right. Dont make empty promises. We are watching.
  • Outspoken (28/04/2018, 17:36) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring them on Fahie and the VIP Congres, we the people are waiting patiently to see who they are. We know all wil not be name at once because some people are still with government waiting to retire, but that we understand. Let’s get it on.
  • wize up (28/04/2018, 18:09) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    we shall see what we shall see:
  • good move (28/04/2018, 18:23) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get the candidates out early so they can pass their first initial vetting by the public, and present their case for why they are suitable for leadership of our country at this time. The voters are much more aware of the stakes involved with this upcoming election so their buy-in is crucial. If the candidates can pass this first stage successfully, their support by the voters will growth. If there is push back by the public, you will be able to adjust, strategize, and correct before the full/all-out campaigning starts. That is why it is soo important to startout now- before any unforeseen tactics are implemented, like a snap election.
  • wize up (28/04/2018, 18:51) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    district #5: will be ????
  • Political Observer (PO) (28/04/2018, 19:17) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Too much hope is being put on a party to lead the BVI out of crisis. A party is a structure and left on its own nothing happens; it is the people in the party that makes things happen and it will be people in the party that will be depended upon to lead the BVI out of crisis. Has anyone seen a policy done anything, though it may be a good policy? No. It is people enforcing the policy is what makes it effective.


    What is the VIP waiting for? Is it waiting for daylight to catch up with moonlight? Well, day light is already here. At this juncture, the VIP should have had a competitive slate of candidates. This suitation is reminiscent of election season 2015. The NDP sensing the weakness, disarray and unpreparedness of the main Opposition popped a snap election. In response, the VIP urgently fling together a list of names and was shellacked 11-2. And now there is disunity between the 2 Opposition members. Sad and selfish. Is it not about the prople? Further, Prime Minister Brown of Antigua and Barbuda sensing a weakness and unpreparedness of the Opposition, popped a snap election and slaughtered the Opposition 15-2/16-1.

    Moreover, if I were advising the VIP, my advice would be to get its sh...t together in one sock urgently, for if it does not it will suffer the same fate as in 2015. Similarly, if I were advising the NDP, I would advise it to pop a snap election. Clearly, I have no blood hound in this fight. But from my observation at the 30’ level, the conditions on the ground scream snap election. It is either the Opposition get prepared or bust. The government got its team assembled. No one in the ruling party has indicated that he/she is not running in the next election. Now is the time for patriots to come forward and stand for election. The nation, the people needs you. The nation is in crisis and needs a strong team to lead it out.
  • wize up (28/04/2018, 19:58) Like (3) Dislike (42) Reply
    You could come with Jesus Christ, Hailey Salasee, Mohamed, Donald Trump, Kim Jon Yug, and many others but still will not beat the NDP.

    We are simply the best at every thing.

    Myrun is the best misister ever and will be the next primer.
    • huh (29/04/2018, 13:18) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      For How you wrote this, do you realise that you've called our Saviour beneath ground when he should be lifted up higher. Nothing on this earth would ever, ever compare. And You definitely won't want him to.come because you are definitely not ready.
  • Come New Party (28/04/2018, 20:36) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come Strong. Come Soon. A broad range of suitable choice of political candidates are what we need this time around to what is gearing up to become an unprecedented election in our country’s history. This upcoming election will be fire.
  • Lawd-O (28/04/2018, 20:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    tings soon start. The battlerooms are busy getting ready for the battlefields.
  • Teamwork (28/04/2018, 20:53) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honourable Fahie, I like your leadership style; leave nothing to chance and run a tight collaborative ship this time around.
  • Lord. (28/04/2018, 21:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice !!!! Can't wait to see who..
  • Lb (28/04/2018, 21:31) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Might as well announce because we on the street done know. And those set ah 50 n 60 year old dead horses ain't even getting out the gate. Stop recycling the same people.
  • OF Course (28/04/2018, 21:42) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    yes he will tell the congress to pick who he want.....he said ":but i want the right people":
  • DEAD IN THE WATER (28/04/2018, 21:46) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    FOY, STOUTT, OJ, JUGO, ZOE, SAMUELS, SHAWONDE, SHEEP, ALL OUT............DAWSON, WILLOCK, CARVIN, SHARRIE
    • @Dead in the water.. My Team. (29/04/2018, 04:04) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      My team --- Rawl...I would try hard to get Clenel in VG and Sonil in Long long.. Teacher Sellwood. With those 4 I would add DeCastro - Willock - Sheep - Dawson - J J - Zoe - Samuels... Jugo...of Course Fahie..... Only Sonil can't beat Picko in 7. VG is a sure win for Clenel...Jugo can beat Mark in 4.. Zoe deserve an opportunity in 5..With Decastro - Willock - Sellwood - JJ at Large..I'm bringing home 3 of them...Fahie is a certain... With my team I'm bringing home 8 for sure...
      • 4 Dist Man (29/04/2018, 12:12) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply

        Where the hell you going with jugu???????

        Do you believe this is jouvert or festival?

    • Lb (29/04/2018, 04:20) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Exactly. Dead slate. Did you mention Luce?
  • oh ho (28/04/2018, 21:48) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    I believe frazer was undermind.
  • pingiddy whop (28/04/2018, 21:55) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    School charen said he chose the delegates so why should we believe him now?
  • he better (28/04/2018, 21:55) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    don’t sleep on the NDP machine; they might be weak, but they know how to regroup quickly; they have those undercover special interests moles behind them to give them that edge if necessary. They are no walk over; they will not give up power that easily knowing it’s do or die for them this time around.
  • Just saying... (28/04/2018, 22:14) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
    No more playing, let’s get this thing going. NDP must go.
  • Yea, yea! (28/04/2018, 23:16) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    New Party on the way.
  • Leah (28/04/2018, 23:17) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    we do ‘tis ting.
  • Bout time! (28/04/2018, 23:19) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let’s get this party started.
  • #VIP (28/04/2018, 23:21) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    By the People, For the People.
  • Welsah (28/04/2018, 23:32) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    Here comes trouble for NDP.
  • can’t wait (28/04/2018, 23:36) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    this should be interesting.
  • #TeamVIP (28/04/2018, 23:55) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Working together for a better tomorrow.
  • All bets on (29/04/2018, 00:04) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    There will be an Coalition Government when all is counted next election in our Country.
  • big daddy saw it through (29/04/2018, 01:06) Like (2) Dislike (20) Reply
    Foy full of lies ask them what he did already in zone 6 big hypocrisy
  • Charley Rose (29/04/2018, 03:40) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Political observers and pundits are deliberating over the choice of political candidates for the next General Election. The Virgin Islands Party has a formidable chance of winning the next election providing they start a vigorous campaign early. In the 2015 election they were caught without a full slate of winnable candidates.

    I am confident that they will win this time around. Most of all with Dr Dawson away in Anguilla, I am sure he is following the political developments at home. I am looking forward for his return and I am confident that he will win an At-Large seat easily. It is time to reclaim the country that has been sold to a group of so call sympathisers of the B.V.I.

    Hon. Julian Fraise should stop lamenting over spilt milk. He should realise that the party is greater than any member. The conclusion of the party's internal election that resulted with Hon. Andrew Fahie as its chairmen was a decision of the people. Once the party informs His Excellency yhe governor, that it has a new chairman and the name is submitted to him, he has to act and appoint the opposition leader. The governor was within his right when he appointed the opposition leader.
  • Just Woke (29/04/2018, 04:11) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    Hope they have a real discipline, responsible God fearing, unselfish, honest, Caring people first Deputy....From the names I'm hearing the only 2 people fit that roll are Dawson and Sewande
  • Online Now (29/04/2018, 05:23) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Political parties and candidates should not only be for elections. By only declaring yourself for an election a potential politician appears opportunistic, only serving themselves. To be respected more, potential politicians should be involved year round, even in a part time, unpaid role.
  • wize up (29/04/2018, 06:55) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    NDP & VIP are currently washed up: the people who makeup these parties are not doing right: both bodies have some serious mismanagement of the tax payers money: money is a very funny; money make friendship end: we need 8 good women or men who will stand up for right while pushing the people of this territory forward: the party is not the issue it’s the people who makes up the parties
  • Boo (29/04/2018, 10:54) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please Fahie don't dredge up the same failures from the previous elections try. We want viable candidates to come up against the NDP. Stop with the DOA candidates from the Political morgue...We are begging

    Need some new blood
  • lmao (29/04/2018, 11:00) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    We may not have the best individuals but we will have the best team does that makes sense.
  • Jimmy smith (29/04/2018, 14:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    The HOA has become a place not very serious political debate take place , if you listen to them on the recent budget debate, I was waiting for my serious candidate on matters of interest to the Bvi public Delores, but this time she too fell down on the job . I am always wondering why Marlon even get up to speak he is waste of time and is weak in delivery. I also want to know why they are thanking weak @$s Doctor Smith, you have a hole in your budget of 50 plus million dollars no audited financials for the last 10 years , yet you are still depending on Neil Smith And Sonia Webster and you thanking the Minister of Finance for not accounting for Billions, members not offering serious solutions including early retirement and reducing the service with good separation packages. The ten members who are still sitting there following Doctor Smith are Enablers and have made the HOA a political grave yard

  • wize up (29/04/2018, 15:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    district # 3!!! holla if yu hear meh!!!!
  • Interested (29/04/2018, 19:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thing to talk.Just observing.
  • Sooner (29/04/2018, 20:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Snap election is sooner than you think. One month is to long. We want to see the messagers and then hear their message.its independent voters is who will make the change not party line
  • Wes (29/04/2018, 22:53) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not another string of wastrels please Fahie.
  • @wize up (30/04/2018, 01:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We hear u loud and clear. ,,,,, we coming with our own party


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