The People’s National Party (PNP) in a release on Thursday (July 9) offered an explanation as to why Councillor Faith Sampson crossed the floor and joined the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
The PNP in its release said that it had informed Councillor Faith Sampson that she would be replaced as the Party’s candidate for the John’s Hall Division in Manchester North West, which subsequently led to her decision today to change party affiliation.
According to the Party, the three-term councillor had been declining in support and favourability, and a recent internal assessment confirmed that her candidacy would present a challenge for the upcoming local government election, due in November.
The Party said it met with Councillor Sampson on Monday, July 6, 2020 and the divisional executive on Tuesday, when she resigned from the Party.
The PNP said it was, therefore, not surprised that this morning she wrote to the Mayor of Mandeville, Councillor Donovan Mitchell, indicating her change of affiliation to the JLP
The PNP thanks Councillor Sampson for her years of service to the Party and people of the John’s Hall Division, and wishes her well in her endeavours. The PNP said it is forced to listen to the voice of the people who have expressed their concerns about Councillor Sampson’s ability to champion the seat on behalf of the Party.
The Party said it would immediately proceed with a selection process to select a new councillor candidate who can offer leadership and direction to the Division as demanded by the people of the constituency.