(Jamaica Observer) David Phillips reached out to the youth of Jamaica yesterday to join hands with the People’s National Party that he now leads in a bid to fulfil the dreams of millions of citizens who want to see major improvement in their homeland.
In a 58-minute presentation which was interspersed with musical renditions that had the capacity-filled National Arena rocking, Dr Phillips emphasised to the special delegates’ conference that the youth had a major say in how the country is run and insisted that every effort must be made to convince them to become a part of the political decision-making process of the island.
“We need new people — the youth especially. We need new blood in the party. Today I issue an invitation from this platform ... now is the time to join the People’s National Party. Come and join us so we can move forward. Now, more than ever, Jamaica needs a strong People’s National Party,” Phillips told cheering supporters after he was officially named the fifth president of the organisation in its 79th year of existence.
“Our party once again has to resume its place as being the leading centre for discussion and dialogue and ideas in this country. We are not only open to ideas, but we must also be open to new people. Too much people, sometimes when dem see some new people come, dem say a weh dem people a go? We need new people, we need more people, we need the youth, especially, to come on board with the People’s National Party,” Phillips appealed in the wide-ranging presentation.