Diego Martin North/East MP Colm Imbert feels it is not the right time for the People’s National Movement (PNM) to be contemplating a change of its leadership.
Imbert yesterday came out firmly in support of Keith Rowley as the man to lead the PNM into victory in the next general election.
Reacting to the results of a NACTA (North American Caribbean Teachers Association) poll published in the Sunday Express yesterday, Imbert noted that the poll showed support for Rowley has been steadily increasing over the last three years in the polling of him and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
“In the face of that, of a poll done February 14, about one year ahead of the general election, which shows steady increase in support for Rowley leading the PNM into victory in the election, why on earth would anybody, in the face of that evidence, want to change the PNM leadership at this point in time,” he said.
“You have to wonder why anybody would want to make a change.”
Imbert noted that while the findings of “another part of the poll is still to come out, I have a strong suspicion that the majority of PNM members feel the same way that I do.”
Also commenting on the poll was PNM chairman Franklin Khan, who said he noted with interest the poll results, which showed that the ratings of the Prime Minister had been dropping over the last three years and, conversely, that the ratings of Rowley were rising.
Khan said members and loyalists should ask themselves on what basis can they think of changing the leader.
“We stand firmly behind Dr Rowley’s leadership and feel very strongly that he would take us to victory in 2015,” Khan stated.
The NACTA poll showed Persad-Bissessar’s personal approval rating stood at 44 per cent and Rowley’s at 43 per cent.
The poll said it found significant disillusionment with the governance of the People’s Partnership, which hurt the Prime Minister’s rating.
“In contrast, Keith Rowley’s approval rating as Opposition Leader has been steadily increasing over the last three years, making him a serious challenger to replace Persad-Bissessar as PM whenever the next general election is held,” the poll stated.