Two other members of the executive of the Alternative Peoples’ Party (APP) have resigned as a contentious situation within the fledgling party continues to escalate. Whitney Mélinard, 2nd deputy political leader, and executive member Sherlyn Sabaroche, tendered their resignations within the past 48 hours.
This week, the APP, not yet two years old, became embroiled in a controversy surrounding the resignation of political strategist, Alex Bruno when the party announced in a press release, that Bruno had resigned via a WhatsApp message to APP president Julius Corbett. Bruno vehemently denied that claim but mere hours later, he submitted what he said was his official resignation letter which was shared with the media.
APP officials told DNO at the time, that based on a series of actions taken by Bruno within the past few weeks which they chose not to disclose, they agreed that a parting of the ways was the best option to protect the party’s integrity.
In her letter of resignation dated 13th, October 2021 addressed to the party’s president Julius Corbett, the youthful Whitney Mélinard who describes herself as an “independent thinker, one with a passion for active participation in our nation’s development,” begins by stating that she gravitated to the party because she saw it as a grassroots movement that could “catapult” her continued advocacy for equality and equity for all Dominicans.
However, Mélinard notes that “over the past weeks, I have watched in disbelief as we have all, myself included, destroyed a movement that had become so central to us. I add myself as part of the problem because there were moments when I should have spoken, defended or mediated but as a rookie on the political scene, I fooled myself into believing that “the adults would sort themselves out”. I was wrong.”
She adds that instead of engaging in conflict resolution or attempting to reach a compromise, members of the party “dug our feet into the mud just to ensure that “we” not APP, won the tug of war.”
The twenty-year-old goes on to state that the executive of the party allowed what she termed “egocentric tendencies” to cause them to lose sight of the bigger and brighter picture-” DOMINICA.”
According to her, the haemorrhaging of unfortunate and disturbing events that should have been dealt with internally, maturely and professionally, has left her with no option but to distance herself and brand from an “impending implosion.”
“I am therefore tendering my resignation as the 2nd deputy leader of the Alternative People’s Party to take immediate effect,” her resignation letter states. “I will cherish the teachable moments that I was privileged to have, the kindness of many members such as Ms. Tahira Blanchard and Mr. Alex Bruno as well as the opportunity that the position of 2nd Deputy Leader afforded me.”
She pledged her continued commitment to championing the cause for an “island-home” where all citizens can live to their fullest potential and where their growth is not “stunted by victimization and prejudice” and where one’s political affiliations do not determine their success.
“I will take this political sabbatical as a moment to renew my warrior spirit and to focus on my studies for the next three years and I will be back,” the current law student stated. “I am promising myself to return with a fiery energy – more than before – to rejoin the fight (wherever it may be). A fight for the island home which I am convinced that my people and I deserve.”
The letter was copied to Tahira Blanchard- Political Leader (Ag), Sharon Vidal-Deputy Political Leader (Ag), Kendra Stephen- Founders’ Conclave Chair and Sherlyn Sabaroache- Executive Member who, herself, the very next day, submitted a comparatively brief resignation letter to the party.
“I regret to inform you that I am officially resigning from my position, effective immediately, as an executive member of the Alternative People’s Party,” Sabaroache said.
“Having been given the chance to be part of the Team was an honor [for] me. I cannot thank you enough for providing the opportunities and the experiences while serving on the executive board of the party, but due to the recent unexpected changes, I will not be able to continue supporting the movement,” the letter stated.