The Vice President of Patriota, Ovasco Resende, assured this Monday that the foreseeable arrival of the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in the formation to be able to present himself for re-election in 2022 will not meet the consensus of all and warns that his candidacy will be under these acronyms.
Resende has described the decision of party leader Adilson Barroso to include Bolsonaro in his ranks as “secret” because they fear that when he joins his political cadre he will be a young formation with almost ten years of existence and with almost no parliamentary impact.
“I don’t think Bolsonaro will join a split party where its president is underhanded. Bolsonaro has no guarantee that Adilson will stand for re-election in 2022. If a stronger candidate comes in, Adilson, you can use another name support.” Resende warned during an interview for the newspaper ‘O Globo’.
Resende has assured that “he has nothing against Bolsonaro” but regrets that part of the party has not been consulted on Flávio’s membership and support for a possible 2022 presidential nomination is unavailable, another candidate is supported.
The divisions within Patriota deepened last week during their congress after the affiliation of Flávio Bolsonaro, one of the sons of the Brazilian president who was challenged by the Resende current in the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), over possible irregularities in Barroso.
On that occasion, Resende lost several of his senior positions on the party’s national executive committee, despite retaining control of up to eight state strongholds, some as important as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, which he is not expected to be the Bolsonaro family resigns due to the substantial support they have in both areas.
A split from the Social Christian Party and formerly known as the National Ecological Party, Patriota was a member of the Republican Progressive Party (PRP) in 2018. Although Barroso has always been on the front lines, he only has 30 percent of the support within the formation, for 50 percent from Resende, while the other 20 percent is in the hands of a group of independents.
The close arrival of Bolsonaro has shown differences that have dragged on almost since their allies, even jeopardizing the political spectrum in which the formation should be located, with Resende moving towards the center and Barroso betting on more conservative positions.
Patriota would be Bolsonaro’s tenth formation in his three decades in Brazilian politics. Currently, the president is non-attached after leaving the ranks of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) a year after joining it to run in the 2018 elections.