After the vote count was announced, giving Dr Peter Phillips a win, political analysts Saturday evening immediately said the narrow victory by Dr Peter Phillips was not good for the PNP or for Phillips who remains President.
Dr Peter Phillips polled 1,427 votes to Peter Bunting’s 1,351 votes. Speaking to a reporter who asked how the rift in the PNP was to be addressed, Dr Phillips said: “there is no split in the party.”
“It’s a win but it raises more questions than it answers,” said Claude Robinson, university lecturer and analyst. He was speaking on Nationwide Radio where commentators said that this has left the PNP facing “a nightmarish situation”.
Dionne Jackson-Miller on RJR said the narrow margin “is gonna mean division” and strong sentiments on both sides.
PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson told RJR News that it’s now important for the party to “reconcile…to bring everybody together.” He admitted the margin of victory was narrow and that both Mr Bunting and Dr Phillips had got support among the delegates. “The process of bringing everybody together is going to be important,” Mr Robinson said.