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Senior JLP member cries foul - Claims wealthy seeking to influence leadership contest
2013-09-21 13:47:58 | (0 Comments)
Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
A senior member of the Jamaica Labour Party, the JLP, has again claimed that persons with enormous wealth are seeking to influence the outcome of the Party's leadership contest.
Derrick Smith, the former JLP deputy leader who is supporting party leader Andrew Holness, made the claim last evening as he addressed JLP delegates in Fair Prospect, Portland.
Mr Holness is facing a challenge from one of his deputy leaders Audley Shaw and delegates will decide the winner when they vote during the party’s annual conference scheduled for November.
Mr Shaw has already dismissed the claim, telling delegates in West Portland two weeks ago some private sector entities were relying on him to rescue the country and the JLP from the mis-management of the People’s National Party.
Mr Smith did not disclose who were behind the bribery attempts, but told delegates that persons with money are seeking to lay claim and control party aspirants.
He says Mr Holness is not for sale and therefore will not yield to anyone through bribery, intimidation and otherwise because he is a man of integrity.
Mr Smith is urging JLP delegates not to fall victims to vote-buying tactics.
Instead, he appealed to delegates to be guided by the conscience.
The former national security minister says the leadership contest will set the record straight once and for all that Mr Holness is the right choice for the JLP as he seeks to transform the country’s old style of politics.
He reminded the delegates that Mr Shaw is a member of the JLP and urged them to stand united, regardless of the outcome.
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