GENERAL secretary of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Paul Burke has described former security minister and Member of Parliament for Manchester Central Peter Bunting as “courageous” for announcing his interest to lead the party.
Bunting, after a news conference on Monday, told journalists that at the “appropriate time” he would offer himself to the delegates. Nomination for leadership positions must be submitted by July.
Bunting’s announcement follows the party’s shock defeat in the February 25 General Election, which has evoked calls for party president Portia Simpson Miller to throw in the towel. Simpson Miller has, however, insisted that she has no intention of doing so now.
“I respect the right of any individual to offer themselves for any post in the party. I’ve been consistent with that position,” Burke told the Jamaica Observer editors and senior reporters yesterday.
“…I fully respect the right of Comrade Peter Bunting to offer himself. I think it is a courageous decision,” Burke added.
He said that it was his belief that “people who believe they have a contribution they can make should offer themselves”, and that he does not believe anyone should be elected by default.
“I think the party must have options whenever the time comes,” said Burke.