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Oct 25, 2018

Campaign Season Heats Up in Port Loyola

Patrick Faber

The U.D.P. is starting conventions around the country, prior to the election of a new leader.  Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber says he has been on the campaign trail – rallying U.D.P. supporters to secure the leadership of the party.  That race, for quite a while was considered a two-man race between Faber and John Saldivar. But in recent months, a third person emerged as a challenger for the leadership. Many names were unofficially called, but on Tuesday, Minister Boots Martinez openly offered support to the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte. First, Peyrefitte is also contesting the U.D.P.’s convention in Port Loyola on November fourth and has the blessings of Martinez.  But Faber has gone on record to throw his support behind Phillip Willoughby, who is one of the three other persons who’ll be facing off with Peyrefitte for the Port U.D.P. seat.  Faber was in the Port last weekend campaigning with Willoughby and his team when they ran into a not so welcoming Martinez. Faber recounted what happened and says he believes he has the support for the leadership despite Martinez’s support for another candidate.

 

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“While on the campaign train with about twenty-five campaigners, Minister Martinez joined in. And of course you know he is not supporting Mr. Willoughby and I thought that that was antagonizing some of the campaigners and so I simply said to him that this is not going well and for him to please stop antagonizing, so to speak, the work that Mr Willoughby was doing. Which he didn’t take too nicely to and I simply walked away. You know I am not the kind to get into that on the streets. But everybody has a right to support who they want to support. We understand that the convention season is going to bring this kind of thing. It is healthy for our democracy as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. In our party, we try to be as democratic and peaceful as possible. Everybody has their agenda internally and of course you know mine is to become the new leader of the party and there are things I need to do to convince people that I am the best choice for that position.”

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