Expelled General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter David has been given a major political assignment by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
A party insider told THE NEW TODAY that David was asked by Dr. Mitchell who is also the Political Leader of the party to visit several constituencies on the island and assess the response of the people at the ground level about the performance of their Member of Parliament.
He said that the former Congress official was given the task along with another top member of NDC, Joseph Gilbert, the former Minister of Works who was also expelled from the main opposition party.
Within months of the February 2013 general elections won by NNP in a landslide 15-0 defeat of NDC, both David and Gilbert took up membership with the ruling party.
The source said that David has been seen regularly in many rural villages on the island.
Speculation is rife that PM Mitchell is making moves to identify the team of candidates that will be selected by the party for the next national poll.
According to NNP insiders, a number of current MP’s are under pressure and might be overlooked such as Clifton Paul (St. Patrick East), Anthony Boatswain (St. Patrick West), Tobias Clement (St. George North-east), Alvin Da Breo (St. John), Nikolas Steele (Town of St. George) and Alexandria Otway-Noel (South St. George).
Another party insider told THE NEW TODAY that after the NDC held in annual convention and public rally a few weeks ago, Prime Minister Mitchell immediately summoned his MPs at a special session and gave them a serious tongue-lashing and admonished them to be more engaging with their constituents.
The controversial David has publicly stated that he will be a candidate in the next general election.
He was the MP for the Town of St. George for two successful terms – 2003-08 and 2008-13.
David’s name has been bandied about in recent months with Clement’s St. George North-east which NDC’s Political Leader, Nazim Burke is seeking to retain after losing it two years ago.
However, many political backers of the expelled NDC General Secretary would like to see him return to contest the town of St. George now held by Steele, the current Minister of Health.
The NNP is due to hold its annual convention this weekend at Westerhall, St. David with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie expected to attend to deliver a key-note political address to party delegates and members.
David backers are optimistic that he would be given a major role on the NNP Executive to be elected at Sunday’s convention.