Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP) D. Gisele Isaac is calling for members of the Party not to get personal over Sunday’s decision to replace Corthwright Marshall as the candidate for St. Mary’s South.
Isaac says the selection of Kelvin “Shugy” Simon is bigger than the Branch, the constituency, the Party and any individual. Instead, it is a decision taken in the interest of Antigua and Barbuda, as the UPP seeks to wrest the country from the hands of the wicked Antigua Labour Party, she explains.
Accordingly, Isaac refers to the upcoming election as the most important poll in the history of Antigua and Barbuda.
The UPP Chairman says the residents of St. Mary’s South deserve better than the representation of incumbent Labour Party candidate Samantha Marshall.
Isaac notes that there comes a time in every man’ life when he has to make a decision that is in the interest of nation building and not of self. And she recounts a number of occasions in which she was placed as a caretaker for a constituency but asked to step aside in the best interest of the Party and country, as well.
In spite of the selection not being unanimous, Isaac thanks the General Council members for their maturity and their love of Party country in endorsing the selection.
Simon was confirmed on Sunday, August 21, at the General Council meeting, after the Party’s leadership concluded a year of decision-making on retiring Marshall’s candidacy.
Marshall reportedly has been facing health issues for some time. That fact and the results of constituency polls were among other factors that led to Simon’s selection.
The General Council is the Party’s highest decision-making body outside of its Convention.