The People's National Party (PNP) reported on Sunday that its National Executive Council (NEC) had reaffirmed its support of Dr Peter Phillips as president of the party.
In the wake of the PNP’s loss of the Portland Eastern by-election on April 4, some political pundits have been calling for Dr Phillips to resign the presidency of the 80 year-old party before the next general election.
They argued that the Parliamentary Opposition stands little chance of defeating the governing Jamaica Labour Party at the next polls with Dr Phillips at the helm.
In a statement on Sunday afternoon, however, the NEC which, is the highest decision making body of the PNP outside of the Annual Conference, reportedly dismissed that argument, declaring that Dr Phillips remains the unquestioned leader of the party.
Dr Phillips has not yet responded to the criticisms since the Portland Eastern by-election loss.
This was the second by-election that the PNP has lost since Dr. Phillips became the party’s president in 2017, having previously lost the St. Mary South Eastern seat that year.
The loss of the Portland Eastern seat was regarded as a more telling blow for the party however in light of the fact that it had long been considered one of its safest strongholds and had been won in six consecutive elections, dating back to 1989.