The Public Relations Officer of Grenada’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Wednesday denied rumors of a clash at the party’s executive meeting Tuesday night.
It was the first meeting attended by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas since he fired Environment Minister Joseph Gilbert – and since he embarked on a series of constituency meetings – some without the current MPs.
“At the meeting, there was gentleman’s discussion on many issues,’’ NDC PRO Arley Gill said without elaborating in a statement released by the party late Wednesday.
The official statement did not disclose what those issues were – but party sources say that Prime Minister Thomas was also insistent that there was no need for him to report to the party about his decisions as Prime Minister.
The NDC press statement quoted Gill as dismissing reports that party Chairman Kenrick Fullerton was detained by the police as well as an alleged faction in the NDC led by General Secretary, Peter David.
“There is no Peter David faction in the NDC. To the best of my knowledge, Peter David has never asked anyone in the party or government to support him”the party statement quoted Gill as saying.
“It bothers me when I hear and read in the press vicious lies about Peter challenging the leader or leading a faction. Peter David has been the General Secretary of the NDC for many years and has never challenged anyone for any other position.’’
The executive meeting also reportedly had a presentation by Barbadian pollster Peter Wickham who discussed his recent findings from a public opinion poll his organization conducted in Grenada.
The poll reportedly showed that while support for the ruling party had slipped, it can still retain power in general elections due next year if it can get aspects of the economy going.
The poll was conducted before the recent political fallout.
The ruling NDC controls 11 of the 15 seats in the House of Representatives following their election victory nearly four years ago.