ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Grenada is going to “regroup” from Tuesday’s crushing election loss, party leader Tillman Thomas has said.
“We are going to regroup and come again,” the former prime minister is quoted as saying in the Trinidad Guardian.
The paper said it spoke with Thomas “hours after his party’s historic defeat in Tuesday’s general election”.
Thomas, deputy leader Nazim Burke, chairman Franka Bernadine and the other 12 NDC candidates went down in a clean sweep by the New National Party (NNP), which now controls all 15 seats in the House of Representatives.
Almost 14 years ago – in 1999 – the NNP inflicted a similar 15 – 0 drubbing on the NDC.
Thomas, who became NDC boss after the 1999 whitewash, says he does not want to hold on to the leadership position, which would be determined at a party convention later in the year.
“Once somebody comes forward, I am prepared to let that person take over the responsibility of leadership of the party,” said Thomas.
The Guardian reported Thomas as saying that he is prepared and committed to work with a new party leader to ensure the NDC is returned to power in the shortest possible time.
Thomas said he was “disappointed but not daunted” by Tuesday’s defeat, arguing that his NDC administration has established “a very good foundation in the last four-and-a-half years in terms of governance.”
In his view, problems within the NDC that “created a lot of division” impacted on the party’s negative showing at the polls.
The global economic crisis also affected the NDC’s chances of winning the elections, Thomas said.
Meanwhile, Thomas has congratulated Mitchell and NNP on their victory and has wished them “well” in taking Grenada forward.