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Nov 14, 2019

Hugo Patt Says His Candidacy Comes From Much Deliberations

Hugo Patt

This morning in Corozal District, six area representatives, including Gaspar Vega and Minister of National Security John Saldivar, were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony to commence work on the Corozal/Sarteneja Road.  We will have more on that event elsewhere in the newscast.  While at the event, we took the liberty to follow up with Corozal North Area Representative Hugo Patt who is contesting the vacancy for First Deputy Party Leader within the United Democratic Party.  He is running against Tracey Panton for the second most important seat within the hierarchy of the U.D.P. and is doing so on a roster put together by John Saldivar.  Saldivar is vying for leadership of the party and if his slate is victorious, Patt will be his running mate in the November 2020 general elections.  Furthermore, Patt has served as acting prime minister on several occasions in the absence or PM Barrow and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber.  According to the Minister of Natural Resources, his bid for ascendance is supported primarily by constituents of Corozal North.


Hugo Patt, Candidate, 1st Deputy Party Leader, U.D.P.

“Actually the decision arose as a result of deliberations, as a result of consultations I have had with quite a number of my colleagues, actually approaching us.  And really, it is based on the fact that I’m getting some support from my colleagues, but more importantly I’m getting it from my base, from my own constituency.  And so, as a result of these two initiatives it is that I have decided to submit my name for this position that I have now applied.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now there are two distinct candidates running for the leadership of the party.  Was it a difficult decision for you to align yourself with one of those candidates insofar as your candidacy?”


Hugo Patt

“In terms of my alignment with John, as I indicated to you, both John and Faber are my friends.  I have my reasons for joining with John.  I indicated to both candidates that I will be in support of whosoever wins.  At the end of the day, this is just a race.  Just as we speak, the executive position for our party is open, we have candidates applying for each and every position.  There will be a convention and so whatever transpires after the convention I am willing to work with whomsoever emerges victorious.”


Isani Cayetano

“The timing of the convention nonetheless gives a window of about six to seven months before the next general elections.  Do you believe that given what will happen come February ninth that there will be sufficient time for there to be healing within the party for whomever wins, to bring the party back together?”


Hugo Patt

“I truly believe so.  At the end of the day, it’s a process that happens internally.  We can’t avoid this process.  The democracy within our party is so strong that you have a number of candidates applying for the different positions and so right after that exercise if finished, we know for a fact that we will have people who will win and you will have others who will not make it to the end, but look, at the end of the day those who win will be happy and those who do not make it will have a level of dissatisfaction and so we have to work with everybody and all of us joining this race know that at the end of the day somebody will have to win and in the event that whomsoever stays there the others will have to make up for the, if I may call it, the bad blood, if you may.”

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