PNP group calls for boycott of parliament if Golding stays

THE Patriots, a group of young professionals aligned to the opposition People’s National Party, is warning that they will advocate for a total boycott of the Parliament if Prime Minister Bruce Golding does not resign.

The group said it plans to make the call at the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting tomorrow.

“We are appalled, that in the face of such a genuine public outcry regarding the prime minister’s deception from the members of the society including civil organisations that has resulted in a popular call for Mr Golding’s resignation, spokespersons of the Jamaica Labour Party as well as Government ministers have been attempting to further obfuscate the issue and are seeming to reject the expressed position of such a large contingent of Jamaican citizens and various associations,” the group said in a release to the media.

Golding this week confessed in Parliament that he had given his blessing for members of his Jamaica Labour Party to seek the services of United States law firm Manatt Phelps and Phillips to lobby the US Government on behalf of Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

The US has formally requested Coke’s extradition to face drug and gun running charges.

Yesterday 13 government senators signalled their support for Golding and praised his honesty for finally speaking the truth after two months of denial.

“Even if we were minded to set aside principles and give Mr Golding a proverbial ‘bligh’, we are unable to countenance the attempt by JLP insiders to sell Mr Golding’s confession as among other things a rare show of honesty,” the release said.

The group urged members of the ruling party to distance themselves from Golding and join them in the call for his resignation.

“It is time for at least one good man or woman in the JLP to speak out publicly that this entire scandal has entirely depleted the trust and confidence that the prime minister requires in order to continue to lead the country and call for Mr Golding’s resignation from within,” the group said.

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