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Feb 4, 2020

T-Minus Five Days to U.D.P. Leadership Convention

The countdown to the February ninth U.D.P. leadership convention is down to the last five days and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is facing political opponent John Saldivar in a leadership race for the incumbent United Democratic Party.  While Saldivar has chosen not to grant an interview in the days leading up to Sunday’s leadership convention amid the Lev Dermen scandal, Faber spoke with the media this afternoon, touching on everything from his campaign activities to corruption within his party and even the Lev Dermen fiasco itself.  In discussing his chances of defeating Saldivar at the party leader’s convention for a second time in nearly three years, Faber admits that contrary to popular belief he is not the underdog in the race and that he has all confidence that the delegates will vote in his favor.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Leadership Candidate, U.D.P.

“I’m very comfortable at where we are now.  I have managed to meet those delegates who, I believe, are going to support me and in fact some of those who are not.  As you know, as in any political race you will have those who support you and those who don’t.  The idea is to get the majority of people who can cast a ballot to vote for you and I believe at this point I am comfortable to say that we have that majority, but it is a game or an initiative that never ends, so we have to work all the way up.  I have taken a break from the campaigning this morning, I thought it would have been only this morning but, as you can see, it’s well into the afternoon because of my meeting with the B.N.T.U., but as soon as I am able to wrap up this meeting I resume my campaign all the way up to Sunday. In terms of support, I am not the underdog.  In fact, I continue to maintain the support of the majority of those delegates in my view.  So the people who really matter, the base is my support.  I continue to enjoy the support of some of my colleagues, not all of them, and in fact I would be bold enough to say not even a lesser amount of them than the last time, but that does not mean that we’re not ready and able.  Remember that there are quite a few unelected people who are at the head of our constituencies as well and there’s a reason why those people support me.  But their vote is just as powerful as the vote of a minister on that day and, in fact, all the base, all the other delegates are just as powerful as any minister.  So while I don’t want it to be interpreted that I don’t appreciate or I am not seeking the support of my ministerial colleagues, you will never know.  Some of them who were on that poster with Minister Saldivar may well be casting their ballots in my favor.  I am of the very strong opinion that that is the case.”

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