MP for St. Peter Asot Michael has indicated that he will contest the upcoming general elections as an independent candidate, as he has been removed from the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) ticket.
Michael was not ratified as a candidate during what he describes as the Labour Party’s recent “kangaroo convention.” Instead, Rawdon Turner was unanimously voted in to represent St. Peter.
In no uncertain terms, however, Michael says he will contest the St. Peter seat in the general elections, and declares he will make history by becoming the first independent candidate to win an election in this country.
According to MP Michael, the ALP’s Suitability Committee did not give reasons why it found him not fit to run on the party’s ticket.
In fact, he claims the Chairman of that committee, Hilroy Humphreys, voted in favour of his remaining the party’s candidate for that constituency.
Further, Michael alleges that one of the members of the Suitability Committee is a relative of Turner.
Meanwhile, he says the popularity of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, the political leader of the ALP, is very low in the St. Peter constituency. Browne’s behaviour and attitude have infuriated many of the constituents, Michael claims.