Members of the DFP held a press conference on Tuesday

Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), Kent Vital, is standing firm in a decision not to enter into a coalition with the United Workers Party (UWP) to contest elections for the sake of holding onto the “brand” that the DFP has created for itself.

Speaking at a press conference held Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 at the Garraway hotel, he gave the guarantee that there are no such plans.

“On collaboration, in terms of coming with a joint platform to contest an election, we have no such plans, I can guarantee the public that we have no such plans. Why do we have no such plan? We have great messages that we want to bring to the people. We want to ensure that those messages get to the people,” he said

Vital added that the party has been pursuing an “approach” that Dominicans “seem to like and encourage” and the party wants to protect that.

“We have been attracting messengers and we will continue to attract messengers that people can listen to and respond to, and we want to be in a position to continue to do that,” he said.

He made it known that the brand and approach of the DFP will not be surrendered as he believes that Dominica can benefit from the ideas that the Freedom Party is cooking up, and at the same time, is encouraging like-minded individuals to get on board if they have any progressive ideas for the country.

“That is why I said that we will not surrender our brand, we will not surrender our approach because we actually think that it is good for Dominica…so all those who think that they have an approach or a brand to present, that is great, let’s do that, and as a people, that’s what democracy should be for us,” Vital stated.

Vital, strong in his belief, said that the party wants to be in control of its approaches and has every intention of bringing them, and good messengers also, to the people of Dominica and has completely crossed off the idea of surrendering that which they have collectively built as a party.

“So let me make it very, very, very, very, clear, at this point, we are not surrendering that. Obviously there will be national issues that we all must be concerned about…there will be common issues like that when various political parties have the same view, and there is nothing wrong with that,” he remarked.