Accountant Kirk Da Silva, who last year vied to become a candidate for the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), attended the extraordinary convention of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) on Sunday.
Da Silva attended the convention, which was primarily an affair for party insiders, who were summoned to select a new leader to replace Arnhim Eustace, who gave up the post after 16 years.
Godwin Friday, who was last week Monday appointed opposition leader was declared the new president of the NDP, after the other contender, MP for central Kingstown St. Clair Leacock, a fellow NDP vice-president, quit the race at the last minute and threw his support behind Friday.
While Da Silva was dressed in neutral colours at the convention for the party, whose colour is yellow, his presence generated some interest.
iWitness News was informed a number of weeks ago that Da Silva might be courting the NDP, but he declined to say if this was the case yesterday, offering only a smile when we asked him as he was engaged in conversation with Israel Bruce, a lawyer and NDP candidate, outside Democrat House, the NDP’s headquarters, before Sunday’s event commenced.
Da Silva gave what some persons have described as a reluctant endorsement of communication professional and former teacher, St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince, at the ULP’s candidate selection meeting in Marriaqua last year.
In the December 2015 general elections, Prince went on to retain the seat for the ULP, which former minister of education Girlyn Miguel, who bowed out of politics last year, had been representing since 1998.
Prince, a retired Director of the Agency for Public information, is now Minister of Education, National Reconciliation, and Ecclesiastical Affairs.
The NDP’s Curtis Bowman, a pharmacist, has failed in his two consecutive bids to wrest Marriaqua from the ULP. The party says it is searching for a new candidate for the interior, agricultural district to carry its banner in the next general elections, constitutionally due in March 2021.