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Jul 13, 2020

Sedi Won’t Run for General Elections

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

Pickstock Area Representative Wilfred Elrington garnered the least number of votes in Sunday’s leadership convention. Ten votes in all, which is five less than the total number of voting delegates permitted in the constituency.  Going into the event, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said he was not up to campaigning. He had also indicated to his cabinet colleagues that should he not win the convention, he would not be offering himself as a U.D.P. candidate heading into the upcoming general elections.  Elrington says that it’s a promise he intends to make good on as he is not prepared to serve under the leadership of Patrick Faber.  But does his exit just a few months prior to the national vote put his party at a disadvantage considering the grounds that have been covered by his political opponent?  Here’s how Elrington responded.

 

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Area Representative, Pickstock

“No, no, no.  Never thought I would win.”

 

Reporter

“So why are you running, symbolically?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“Yeah, symbolic.  I want it to be known later on that I did offer myself.  I don’t want anybody to have said, “Well look, you didn’t offer yourself.”  You can’t be in a position to comment, you had a chance, you could have offered yourself and you didn’t.”

 

Reporter

“But Mr. Elrington, no one runs in politics to lose.”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“That is the normal and conventional person.  I’m always unconventional, you know that.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“But when you look at the fact that you’ve put forward or that should you not win today’s convention you will not be contesting the general elections, are you going to make good on that promise?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“Yes.  I have promised the Cabinet that I will not serve under either of the two, whoever wins and that means that I have come now to my tenure as political candidate for the United Democratic Party.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Some would argue however, that if you wanted to resign from political life you could have done so without necessarily offering yourself for this convention.”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“Yeah, except that these exceedingly unusual times and the difficulties I see facing the country are so monumental that I thought it imperative that I offer myself given the experience that I have had over the years.  I’ve been doing this business since 1964 and I have seen most things and I have heard most things and I just thought that perhaps I would have a good chance of positively helping to get the country over this difficult period that we’re really presently in. I don’t want to continue in a system where things appear to be getting worse on a daily basis and I am a part of it. I mean I can’t escape it, so to the extent that I can disassociate myself from the situation in a reasonable way, I think that is my duty.”


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