Former First Vice Chairman of the United Workers Party, (UWP), Mary Polius, saying that she “overwhelmingly” backs Sarah Flood-Beaubrun’s bid to lead the party, has told reporters that she will give her every ounce of support she can muster.
“This is what democracy is all about; I am very happy that somebody came forward and threw their hat in the ring against Allen Chastanet,” Polius said.
While declaring support for Flood-Beaubrun, Polius revealed that she would have liked to see Deputy Political leader, Doctor Gale Rigobert, enter the leadership contest.
However, Polius expressed the view that Rigobert had withdrawn for personal or party reasons.
“I see her position as one in which she is trying to bring the party together but it has not redounded to her benefit,” the former Vice Chairman of the UWP stated, adding that Rigobert had been told in no uncertain terms that she should “pick a side”.
“She has been asked categorically by the leader of the party to pick a side but that she has not done,” Polius asserted.
She described UWP leader, Allen Chastanet, as being part of an unjust system within the party that is creating deep divisions in the organization.
According to Polius, persons making up the executive and who have only recently entered the UWP, are trying to sideline hard core members.
She disclosed that she had decided not to be part of the electoral process within the party which will culminate at the UWP convention next month , because the system is being manipulated and is not free and fair.
“We have had two conventions in 2013 and 2014. This is the third, and the more conventions we have the more divided the party becomes,” Polius asserted, while recalling that UWP Deputy Political leader, Lenard “Spider” Montoute had recently called for the party to forego the convention and focus on uniting the opposition group.