Anthony Smith, Jr. – the United Progressive Party Candidate for All Saints West – is categorically denying statements made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who claims that Smith has been trying to join the Antigua Labour Party (ALP).
Smith refers to Browne’s statements, made last Saturday during his weekly radio show, as “spurious lies.”
If the Labour Party “were the only political institution through which I could make a contribution to Antigua and Barbuda and to the politics of this nation, I would want nothing to do with that party and I would not be involved in politics,” Smith declares.
In a statement released early Sunday, the young candidate says he stands against everything that the Gaston Browne-led party represents – which includes corruption, thievery, dishonesty, skullduggery, and misbehavior in public office.
While Browne is criticizing the composition of the UPP slate, Smith accuses many of the ALP’s principals of physical abuse against women, pedophilia, and getting rich off the backs of poor people.
Accordingly, he says he could never be a part of such an institution.
Smith further denies ever approaching Browne, and brands the Prime Minister “a pathological liar and a disgrace to the office he holds.”
“His barefaced lies about me call into question every word that has ever come out of his mouth,” the UPP Candidate says.
On the contrary, Smith says, the Labour Party has made numerous overtures to him, and his response has always been, and will continue to be, a “resounding NO!”
Smith believes that, based on what the Labour Party polls show, Browne is attempting to tip the apple cart out of desperation.
Sources suggest that Smith has overtaken the incumbent, Michael Browne, who is now mired in legal trouble, and the UPP Candidate says he is confident about winning that seat.
Meanwhile, he has given PM Browne six days in which to retract his “concocted statements” and offer a public apology. Failure to do so will lead to legal action for defamation of character, Smith says.