With David expelled the party would be “stronger and more united!” Since the ouster of Peter David, the NDC has been floundering and has now completely lost its footing; “weaker and more divided” must be the new mantra. In its relatively short political history the NDC has never been in such disarray.
This therefore begs the question, was David the cause of the disunity within the ranks of the NDC? Published first-hand accounts from insiders in the hierarchy of the party, who first fingered Peter David, have now drawn back and point fingers in other directions; the more analytical mind may see this as: cowardice, hypocrisy, vindicating David or all three? New revelations to the public were certainly no stranger to those who lived with the information; for reasons on which I would not speculate, they kept it to themselves.
The truth is buoyant; taken to the dark depths of deception it will rise to the top, repulsing predatory attacks on its slow journey to the surface.
More astute political observers who followed the rise to power and fall of the NDC were not surprised. The man on the ground had no doubt and understood, throughout the years of NDC campaigning to consolidate political power, that the most vibrant voice of the party was Peter David’s. The general perception of the people, and rightly so, was that Peter was the foremost member of the NDC who had the drive, personality, commitment and connections to find most of the party’s campaign funding. In a crunch, call Peter; he was the “go to man.” With his other duties as general secretary of the NDC for 11 years, he and no one else carried that weight – the financing backbone of the NDC.
To this very day no one, absolutely no one, including the party leader and the deputy leader of the NDC can show, in any manner whatsoever, which clause or clauses of the NDC’s constitution Peter David, or for that matter, Chester Humphrey, violated.
David has moved on with his life and, like any other citizen of the state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, he is guaranteed the constitutional right of freedom of association.
He continues to advocate for the grassroots and underprivileged – even to his own detriment – frequently using his personal earnings to help needy families, while political hopefuls at the NDC squander time and resources fighting among themselves for leadership of the party. The power struggle and division has never been more intense at the NDC – some inside sources describe it as brutal and destructive; ironically, Peter David is nowhere in sight. Strange isn’t it?
The man who over the stringent objections of his party, put his lawyering to good use in convincing party elders that Tillman Thomas should be the NDC’s choice to become the prime minister of Grenada, was later to be ostracized and labeled a power thirsty rebel by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his government. Despite his ordeal Peter harbours no ill will against any of his former party comrades. He has been in politics from his teens and in all his adult life and understands dirty politics.
But coming from the loving home of matriarch, the late Marcella David, who reached the pinnacle of her profession in the service of her country, not by acquiescing to the dictates of Chief Minister Eric Gairy but standing up to him on principled grounds, not afraid to confidently speak out at a time when intimidation and fear were the order of the day in government. With profound love for his mother, his confidant, his comfort in stressful times, his advisor, and deep devotion to her, it is by no accident that his political life reflects the principles and confidence imbued by his mother. Will he dishonour her legacy of dedication to family, church, community and country by stooping to low, dishonest and dirty politics desecrating her memory? Fat chance!
Peter David, still the people’s choice.