Expelled Congress member, Peter David has contacted former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas following the defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the hands of the New National Party (NNP) in the February 19 general elections.
A source close to Congress confirmed to THE NEW TODAY newspaper that an exchange did take place a few days ago between the party leader and David on the initiative of the former government minister.
He said that David requested a meeting with Thomas at any time in the near future in their private capacities “to clear up some misconceptions”.
He spoke of the Congress leader indicating to David that there was nothing really to discuss between the two of them since he (David) was one of those persons who campaigned on behalf of the NNP to ensure the downfall of Congress in the recent national poll.
According to the source, David did not deny campaigning for Mitchell’s NNP which won all fifteen seats in the election.
Several persons known to be close to David have labeled the defeat of Congress as a “revenge vote” for their expulsion from the party.
The source said that the ex-Prime Minister is said to be more interested in helping in any way possible the revival of Congress as a viable opposition to NNP in the next general election than meeting any time with David.
He disclosed that the NDC is looking at ways to bring hope to its base of 22, 000 plus supporters that voted in its favour in the election.
During the party’s first National Executive meeting on Thursday since the outcome of the elections, a decision was taken to hold a special church service on Saturday morning at St. Andrew The Apostle Roman Catholic Church at Grenville to give Thanks to the Almighty and a fun day on Sunday at Hermitage to bring supporters together to re-instill in them that the party is united and plans to forge ahead despite the massive electoral loss.
A party insider said that the NDC Political Leader has not ruled out the possibility of stepping down from the post at a Convention once a successor has been identified.
He ruled out any possibility of a rapprochement between Thomas and the so-called group of rebels led by David.
The internal split in Congress first became public in November 2010 when David along with Member of Parliament for South St. George, Glynis Roberts refused to accept the portfolios given to them by Thomas as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.
The controversial David later told a sitting of Parliament that he had fundamental differences with his Prime Minister.
The internal conflict in Congress culminated in the September 30, 2012 expulsion from the party of David and Roberts along with eight others – Joseph Gilbert, Arley Gill, Chester Humphrey, Siddiqui Sylvester, Pastor Stanford Simon, Karl Hood, Michael Church and Kenrick Fullerton.