Damion Gordon, Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Government at the UWI, Mona
A university lecturer has declared that Dr. Phillips has no chance of winning the next general election if he fails to get those who supported Peter Bunting's Rise United campaign behind him.
Damion Gordon, Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, Mona, said Dr. Phillips will have to take a reconciliatory tone when he meets with Mr. Bunting on Tuesday.
"It is clear that Mr. Bunting has mobilised a significant segment of the party, supporters and delegates, and as such, in order for Peter Phillips to move forward as a winnable candidate, he needs to extend the olive branch and get the Risers on board," he suggested, adding that the unification must begin now.
Dr. Phillips won the PNP presidential election on Saturday, receiving 1,427 votes to Peter Bunting's 1,351. After winning by just 76 votes, many have posited that Dr. Phillips will have to move quickly to mend fences and unify the party if the PNP is to have any chance of beating the Jamaica Labour Party in the next general election.