Talks of a secret meeting held Tuesday between some of the expelled members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government and Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Mitchell have been denied.
Speaking with the New Today on Wednesday morning via telephone, St. George’s Baptist Church Leader, Pastor Stanford Simon denied that any such meeting took place at his home at Morne Jaloux, St. George’s.
The meeting was allegedly attended by Simon, Dr. Mitchell, and expelled Congress members, Peter David, the former Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation and Glynis Roberts, the ex-Minister of Foreign Trade and The Environment.
“I don’t know anything about that”, Simon told this newspaper, adding that he was at his Church for most of the day and did not have any meeting at his home.
Attempts to reach David for comment on the issue proved futile.
A telephone call placed to the Office of the Leader of the Opposition initially met with the response that he was attending a meeting.
Almost an hour later, Dr. Mitchell returned the call and spoke with a Reporter.
He said the report was “completely false, adding that, “if he did, it is within his right to do so but it is completely false”.
In the case of Roberts, she also denied taking part in any meeting at the home of Simon with the Opposition Leader.
A high-level source told THE NEW TODAY that during the alleged meeting at the home of Pastor Simon, the Opposition Leader was trying to dissuade the expelled NDC members against forming a new political party but to work behind the scene and give support to NNP in the upcoming general election.
Roberts re-iterated that she would be defending her South St. George seat in the upcoming general election but remains undecided whether it would be done as an Independent or with a political party.
The outspoken Pastor Simon who was expelled from the Congress party during its Convention almost two weeks ago speaking with The New Today on the issue said that “they (the party) did him a favour” with the expulsion.
According to Simon, he had no intention to take any action against the party as was done by his former Executive colleague, Siddiqui Sylvester of the St. George North-west constituency.
Sylvester has employed the services of Attorney-at-Law, Cajeton Hood to institute legal proceedings against the NDC for his expulsion.
Pastor Simon was also asked to comment on widespread reports in the country that the NDC rebels were engaged in talks about the formation of a new political party.
“I cannot answer that, I cannot comment on that”, he said.
The expelled Congress members reportedly held a meeting in St. David’s on Sunday to look at the way forward.
An informed source told this newspaper that the main players in the proposed new party have already agreed on a colour for the party but the question of leadership still to be resolved.
There are unconfirmed report that the man identified as the leader of the group, Peter David is allegedly not prepared to accept the post of Political Leader at this point in time.