Former General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter David has appealed to its supporters to join him and give support to the ruling New National Party in the March 13 general election.
Speaking Sunday night at a National Rally held by NNP at Plains Playing Field in St. Patrick, David called on Congress supporters to vote for NNP because their Political Leader, Nazim Burke “can’t run country like (Prime Minister) Dr. Keith Mitchell.”
“I say to my friends in the NDC, don’t let them demonise Dr. Mitchell and myself, come yourself and experience what I have experienced. But, if you don’t want to come into the NNP, that’s fine with me. If you don’t want to join the NNP that’s fine with me but I urge you brothers and sisters that you can still stay in the NDC but vote the NNP…”, he said.
“I urge them, let’s make the next five years as good as the last five years, let’s make the future as good as it is now. I say to my old friends, you know, you know that Nazim Burke can’t run country like Dr. Keith Mitchell. You know that Kem Jones and Ali Dowden and Jenny Simon can run no country”, he added.
David is contesting the Town of St. George seat against NDC’s Claudette Joseph who like him is an attorney-at-law by profession.
He was expelled from Congress in September 2012 along with several government ministers following a bitter internal battle with then Prime Minister Tillman Thomas for control of the party.
David who did not contest the last general election in 2013 but gave support to the NNP from behind the scene took a swipe at Jones and Simon who have been doing radio shows and making critical remarks about him.
“…They (Simon and Jones) could go everyday on the radio station … they could go every Sunday and run their mouth but they can’t run Grenada”, he said.
The two have often played a taped recording from a sitting in Parliament in which PM Mitchell had accused David of “pulling a gun on his father” and being engaged in alleged credit card fraud in the United States.
David told NNP supporters that he has no problem with NDC as a party but that his gripe is with a specific group within the political organisation.
“Brothers and sisters, my problem is with a small clique within the NDC who has hijacked that party for their own purposes – that is the problem I have. When we won the election, I was in the NDC in 2008, it is because we have tried to make the party more people-centered and it is because of our attempts to do that, it is because of our attempts to root the party in the people that myself, Chester Humphrey and many others were expelled…”, he said.
“Today, I have no apology in saying that I believe that the New National Party is the best party to represent the people of this country. Look at what happened to the NDC, when we came into the party we were at zero, we moved the party to seven and we then took it to 11, when they expelled us where did they go back to…zero”, he added.
David has been telling NNP supporters during the current campaign that Congress will once again be left without a seat on March 13.
Most of David’s venom since being expelled from NDC is directed at Burke who was once his close political ally during the 1979-83 Grenada Revolution of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) of Maurice Bishop.