In a meeting in Orihuela this week, around fifty people pledged their support for the ousted former leader of the Partido Popular, Pepa Ferrando, including most of the executive members of the PP.
The aim of the meeting was to support Ferrando, who has been expelled from the PP by the regional party heads for refusing to support an anti-corruption motion presented at Orihuela´s monthly meeting, and the subsequent fallout that has led to a number of the opposition group members dividing from the intentions being enforced by their regional and national bodies to clean up the political image.
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the regional Partido Popular in Valencia, Isabel Bonig, and her provincial counterpart, José Juan Zaplana, presided over their own executive committee meeting where they confirmed that Dámaso Aparicio is their only recognised head of the PP in Orihuela.
However, in that meeting, questions were still raised about the legality of the regional party enforcing a new head on the local group, without a democratic election. The no so called renegade group held an election themselves and appointed another member, José Francisco Pérez Espinosa, as their new interim President, a move which the hierarchy have now confirmed to be unacceptable.
A new campaign to collect signatures in support of Ferrando is being launched, whilst Aparicio himself made clear in a statement that the “independent republic of the PP is over” and that he is confident that the recognised elements of the Partido Popular, under his lead for now, can get on with the job in hand.
All eyes will now be on the next plenary meeting in Orihuela, as having been expelled from the Partido Popular, Ferrando will no longer be able to sit with her former PP colleagues, taking her place along with other none affiliated councillors, but quite whether the usual “no” campaign towards all motions presented will continue with such a division in their own ranks will remain to be seen.
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