BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE People’s Labour Party (PLP) has confirmed the resignation of its Deputy Leader, Akilah Byron-Nisbett, from the political organization and they have wished her well.
In a letter to the Party’s Chairman, which informed that she had tendered her resignation as a member of the PLP as of yesterday (Mar. 25), Byron-Nisbett indicated that the political organisation had strayed from its founding principles.
“After the Elections, I did some soul-searching to determine the best path forward. What I did realize is that the Party and leadership I once believed in had strayed away from its core principles, which no longer aligned with mine,” Byron-Nisbett said.
In a statement yesterday, PLP’ Director of Communications, Craig Tuckett said the Party acknowledged “that our Deputy National Party Leader Akilah Byron Nisbett has resigned”.
“Therefore, on behalf of our National Party Leader, Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris, our National Executive, our general membership and the good people of West Basseterre, we thank her for her service to our Party and country,” the statement read.
Rumours had been swirling in the public's domain over the future of the party following the 2022 defeat at the General Elections, with one of its candidates speaking out on the issue.
Now, in the media statement, the Communications Director, said that the PLP “remains anchored to its mission of improving the quality of life for all the people of St. Kitts and Nevis”.
“In this regard, we continue to enjoy the support of the good people of St. Christopher #3 West Basseterre, to build the constituency and its communities even stronger and better. The PLP remains the fastest growing political party in St. Kitts and Nevis and will continue to focus on the priorities that support this path of growth and development.
“We hold the distinction of twice leading Team Unity to victory and are reminded that we garnered the second largest number of votes in the Federal General Elections on the 5th of August, 2023,” Tuckett added.
He however debunked Byron-Nisbett’s statement on the Party’s core principles, stating:: “The core principles of our great party remain intact and we have never and we shall never waiver from them.
“We will therefore continue our work towards ensuring that we focus on initiatives which can consolidate the socio-economic gains of the last seven (7) years, that will be expanded under a future PLP administration.”
The Party will now have to turn its attention to rebuilding and making changes if it wants to continue to be a major factor in the political discourse ahead of the next General Elections.