Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP) D. Gisele Isaac is taking regional pollster Peter Wickham to task over his recent claims that the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) would retain governance of the country in the upcoming general elections.
Isaac says that Wickham is attempting to rattle the people’s confidence by trying to “speak it into being” – something the people will not let happen this time around.
She describes the pollster as a vibe-killer, saying that his and the ALP’s strategy will not work.
Asking that persons “fret not themselves because of evil-doers,” Isaac says Wickham cannot tell the people who are experiencing the realities of hardship that all is well.
She spoke of the late Social Security pension payments, which began prior to the pandemic; the critical water woes; the recent constant cuts in electricity service; the dilapidated road conditions; overgrown bushes; filthy roadsides; and food and fuel price hikes, asking if Wickham knows when the people will get relief from these burdens.
Meanwhile, the pollster reportedly has said the results of the recent Grenada elections took him by surprise.
However, Isaac says she has been in contact with persons from Grenada who did the polling, and they knew, based on the work they had done, that there would be a change in government.
But instead of Wickham focusing on the Grenada results, which he got wrong, the UPP Chairman says he is busy telling the UPP which leader it should put forward.
The pollster has routinely opined that Harold Lovell is not the right fit to lead the Party. However, Isaac, like most UPP supporters, disagrees.
Meanwhile, the UPP Sandidate for St. John’s City South, Franz deFreitas, is also rubbishing Wickham’s prediction.