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Dwight Horsford spotted in G’da

Dwight Horsford – is getting the backing of Keith Mitchell and Gregory Bowen for top NNP position

Attorney-at-law Dwight Horsford who is tipped to replace the 77-year old Dr. Keith Mitchell as Political Leader of the New National Party (NNP) was spotted this week in St. George’s.

Informed sources told THE NEW TODAY it is apparent that Horsford is now back on the island to engage in active frontline politics after a 3-year stint as Attorney General in the small British dependency of Anguilla.

Horsford has been telling several members of the party for months now that he will be back home “very shortly” but will not confirm the exact date of his arrival.

He was spotted early Monday morning arriving at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) at Point Salines from a flight that landed from Piarco International airport in Trinidad & Tobago.

A party insider confirmed that Horsford is due to meet with Mitchell and his long-time deputy Bowen to discuss the way forward for the NNP as the party seeks to return to power in the next general election.

Speculation is rife that Horsford’s return was being kept a secret from a rival faction within the party that is supporting former Agriculture Minister Peter David to become the new party boss at the NNP long overdue Convention, the first to be held following the party’s defeat at the polls in June 2022 to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Dickon Mitchell.

During a recent meeting of Attorney-Generals from the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Grenadian-born Timothy Antoine had made public utterances about Horsford’s imminent departure from Anguilla.

That meeting was also attended by Grenada’s Attorney General Claudette Joseph of the rival Congress party.

There have been constant reports on the island that Horsford has been engaged in behind-the-scenes discussions for months now with Mitchell and his deputy Gregory Bowen and was eventually offered the top position at the next convention of the party.

According to one party insider, Bowen, who has a very close relationship with Horsford was able to convince Mitchell to look in his direction to lead a new and younger generation of leaders in the party.

During Mitchell’s stint in office as Prime Minister, the relationship with Horsford was described as “rather cold.”

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Bowen and the late Minister of Foreign Affairs Elvin Nimrod had been pushing for Horsford to land the post of Attorney General on NNP’s return to power in the 2013 general election but Cajeton Hood was instead given the job.

The Bowen/Nimrod team was able to secure the job of Solicitor General for Horsford.

Mitchell ignored Horsford again when Hood’s contract was not renewed and turned to his long-time and trusted aide, Dr. Lawrence Joseph to become the new Legal Advisor to the Cabinet of Ministers.

Horsford then quit the post of Solicitor General to become the Attorney-General of Anguilla.

The NNP was forced to look for a new leader when Mitchell’s first choice Akima Paul, the U.K-based Grenadian lawyer decided not to return to the island to engage in frontline politics.

Bowen reportedly influenced Mitchell to engage in discussions with Horsford as another potential candidate former Education Minister Emmalin Pierre was considered as too risky given her involvement in the controversial FAITH organisation that is currently locked in court battle with the Congress government on payment due to hundreds of its employees.

The ex-Grenadian leader is known to be opposed to David becoming his successor in the NNP.

Former NNP government Minister Delma Thomas who quit the party over a year ago to join the Congress told her supporters at a Town Hall meeting in St Andrew North-west that Dr. Mitchell had approached her to go out and attack David as one who wanted to mash up the NNP due to his ambition to become the new party boss.

Thomas also warned David at a meeting of the Lower House in Parliament to be on the look-out as Mitchell will soon be coming after him to end his political career.

David is believed to have the backing of ex-government ministers Anthony Boatswain and Oliver Joseph along with party stalwart Dr. Bert Brathwaite for the top job in the NNP at the next convention.

The David faction is said to be giving consideration to file court papers to force Dr. Mitchell to set a date for the NNP Convention.

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