PNP NEC Rejects Application of Former JLP Caretaker Joan Gordon
Early reports were that the People’s National Party National Executive Council had rejected the application of former Jamaica Labour Party member, Joan Gordon-Webley. The NEC is the PNP’s second highest decision making body, outside of their annual conference.
The application of Mrs. Webley-Gordon has been the topic of much debate. Many PNP members, especially the younger ones, have come out against the application of the veteran Jamaica Labour Party candidate. The main reason for the opposition is a statement she made in the 2011 general election, when she described present Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller a “jezebel.”
Joan was the losing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate in the December 2011 general election for the constituency of East Rural St, Andrew.
Mrs. Gordon-Webley on the other hand, is denying claims that her application was rejected. Speaking with the Gleaner-Power 106 News this afternoon, she said she was told that her application had been sent back by the NEC to the PNP executive for additional information.
However, Delano Franklyn is singing a different tune. In an audio clip played on RJR Online, Franklyn said:
“…and I support wholeheartedly, the decision that was taken by my party leadership, today at the NEC, that that application ought not to be accepted by the People’s National Party.”
Franklyn was speaking at the South East St. Catherine divisional conference at the Portmore Community College, late Saturday evening.
There is obviously a conflict, which means someone is lying and someone is trying to cover up. According to the RJR Online headline, “Rift develops in PNP over Gordon Webley’s membership application”
Original report from The Gleaner:
The People’s National Party’s second highest decision making body, the NEC, has rejected the decision by the executive to accept an application for membership from former Jamaica Labour Party standard bearer Joan Gordon-Webley and has told the executive to reconsider.
Source: The Gleaner.