ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The billboard that sparked much controversy and further division in the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has either run its “paid course” or has been removed for other reasons.
The large billboard appeared in the middle of Road Town, behind Vanterpool’s Pharmacy in the capital city on Wednesday February 28, 2018, asking Virgin Islanders not to support the UK Framework for the BVI Recovery Plan. It further urged the public to call their representatives and ask them to vote “no” on the recovery plan framework.
Who is responsible?
It is still unclear who was responsible for the erecting of the billboard; however, Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) did not put it past members of his own party, clearly suggesting there is a division among members.
“It could be any person, an individual or a group of persons, even persons within the National Democratic Party, my own party, I don’t know…but let us stop this petty nonsense….”
Our newsroom was told that some members were highly displeased with Dr Smith’s utterances.
And with a fight ongoing over the leadership of the party there was much speculation that indeed it could be inside persons behind the billboard.
Newly elected NDP chairman Mr Troy E. Christopher had told this news site he was not behind the billboard.
Opposition Leader and First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie was also asked if he had anything to do with the billboard; however, he did not admit or deny.
“Any wise leader knows that the voice of the people must be heard and respected,” Hon Fahie had briefly stated.
There were reports that Premier Smith had ordered the billboard to be taken down; however, when approached by this news site, he denied those allegations.
Nevertheless, the billboard, today March 10, 2018 is no longer there and is replaced with an ad for an auto dealership.