Beaten presidential candidate in the People’s National Party (PNP) leadership race, Lisa Hanna, has conceded loss and congratulated Opposition Leader-designate Mark Golding.
Hanna, in a statement on social media on Saturday evening (November 7), said she loved every moment of her #BringBackDiLove campaign and is still committed to serving the PNP.
“I want to sincerely thank all the delegates who voted today. This campaign has been extraordinary for me. And I have loved every moment of the journey. Walking with you and talking with you,” she began.
“I’ve called Comrade Mark Golding and congratulated him on his victory. I committed my continued service and support to party, and to him as our new leader,” Hanna added.
The South East St Ann member of parliament further contended that victory aside, there is still much needed to do for Jamaicans to restore their confidence in the PNP.
That process, however, must start internally as the PNP, wrought with division, requires reconciliation and rebuilding going forward.
“We have much work to do, and must come together in love, and choose unity,” Hanna said.
The 45-year-old candidate expressed gratitude to her campaign team and family for supporting her in her bid.
“To my indefatigable campaign team—thank you for everything you have done. To my family with their love and support I have walked through countless fires with you – to my wonderful husband Richard, and my son Alex, thank you for standing by my side every step of the way,” Hanna expressed.
Golding won by a 296-vote margin against Hanna, having secured 1,740 votes from PNP delegates. Hanna collected 1,444 votes.
In his victory speech, the 55-year-old PNP leader extended the olive branch to Hanna, after narrowly defeating her in Saturday’s internal election.
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