ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Member of Parliament for St Peter Asot Michael has dismissed numerous reports that he is a contender to replace Gail Christian on the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) ticket for the upcoming elections with a pledge of unswerving devotion to his constituents.
Christian, on the heels of bowing out of the Senate, resigned from the main opposition party, leaving a void to challenge Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer for the St John’s Rural West seat.
“Absolutely not. I will never neglect the people of St Peter’s,” Michael told OBSERVER media.
“We have a special bond, love and friendship and I will never neglect my constituency for any other constituency in Antigua & Barbuda,” he added.
Michael went further, declaring disinterest in the seat even if the Boundaries Commission is successful in its attempt to change the electoral boundaries, which would result in the collapsing of the St Peter constituency.
“I have total confidence in my lawyers and we will win that case, but even if we are unsuccessful, I will go and help every one of the other 17 candidates,” Michael said.
As if taking his cue from his political leader, Gaston Browne, Michael said several people have expressed interest in replacing Christian and an announcement will be made in a week’s time.
Christian was noticeably absent from an ALP political rally last Thursday night when the party paraded its candidates across the stage at 46 North Street.
The latest resignation follows one from the Senate after she was demoted from Minority Leader of Government Business in favour of Barbuda’s Arthur Nibbs.
Christian, an attorney twice contested the Rural West seat, in 2004 and 2009, in losing bids.
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