He said he would, but he won't. Patrick Faber is now refusing to resign as Leader of the UDP. As we told you earlier this week, the party's Central Executive voted to give Faber until noon today to do so - and after that, to consider him as resigned. That was communicated to Faber earlier this week, and, now, in a pair of emails to the Party Chairman Mike Peyrefitte, Faber first makes it plain that he will not resign as Party Leader and reminds Peyrefitte that only a national convention can remove him from that paramount post.
In a follow up email, Faber explains why, quote, "I am, at this time, not submitting a letter of resignation." He says he "hoped" his resignation would take effect on January 31, 2022, but then adds that, quote, "the actions of three of my fellow UDP parliamentarians sending a letter of no confidence to the Governor General before I had been given the chance to pen and deliver such a letter to the Governor General indicated an unsettling over eagerness on the part of those members." End quote.
And from there Faber adds, quote, "The subsequent action on their part to recommend a new Leader of the Opposition without properly consulting with the party and a blatant disregard for the party's constitution, (and) in doing so has me and many other party faithfuls uneasy at the length that some are going to wrestle power in this party."
Those apparently, are the reasons he is not resigning as party leader, but, for how long? Faber adds "it is not my intention to remain leader of the party beyond a national convention where there is the proper election of a leader." He then calls his departure "imminent" and adds that he cannot, quote, "sit by and watch the democracy of the party be devoured by power hungry vultures."
Faber urges the National Party Council to call a National Convention to elect "ALL officers of the executive, Chairman and Deputy Leaders included."
In response to these emails Chairman Peyrefitte has called an emergency NPC meeting for tomorrow to decide on, quote, the "Status of the Hon. Patrick Faber as Party Leader."
We are told that the intention is to push decisively to recognize Faber as having effectively resigned. We are told the party chairman may rely on the Electronic Transactors Act - a new law which makes it so that anything require din writing can now be considered official once it can be done electrically.
We'll let you know what comes out of tomorrow's meeting.