Lovell says ALP was wrong in its handling of the ‘Asot issue,’ while MP’s attorney warns party its strategies will not work

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The Antigua Labour Party (ALP) did almost everything wrong in its approach to the Asot Michael issue, says Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), and it appears set to continue on that path.

Michael, the Member of Parliament for St. Peter, has filed several court actions to stop the ALP Executive from removing him as the candidate in the upcoming elections and from the party.

His most recent court victory came last month, when the High Court granted him injunctive relief.

The Judge restrained the Labour Party from holding out Rawdon Turner as its candidate for St. Peter until the substantive matter is heard or the party abides by its own rules for selection.

Despite this, the ALP says it is strategizing and has devised a plan to appoint Turner. But Michael, through his lawyer, is reminding Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the ALP executive that their efforts will not work.

In a letter to the ALP, attorney Hugh Marshall Jr. writes that the time for holding a primary has passed. According to the Party’s revised constitution, no primary can be considered when general elections are less than 12 months away.

And while the party has convened its Suitability Committee to meet with prospective candidates – an interview session that Michael did not attend – the letter reminds the ALP executive that the need for this committee arises only when there is a bona fide primary to be considered.

Lovell says it is very instructive to the Nation that the ALP runs its affairs in the same way that it runs the country – without rules, regulations and laws.

The UPP Leader says the ALP has backed itself into a corner, since no primary can now be held, according to its own constitution.

Banditry, illegality, disregard for rules, and disrespect for people are the hallmarks of the ALP, Lovell says, based on the recent court ruling. The Labour Party has perpetrated these ills on its own members and has done the same to the citizens and residents of this country, he adds.

Meanwhile, in a June 1 online post, attorney-at-law Charles Tabor says it is going to be interesting to see the next move of the ALP Executive, since it must contend with the 12-month constructional deadline.

As general elections are constitutionally due in March 2023, Tabor says the ALP has run out of time.

Like most residents, the attorney says he wonders whether Michael will run as a candidate on the ALP ticket after all the pronouncements that PM Browne has made against him, or the party will opt to go into the election with 16 candidates, leaving Michael to run as an independent.

According to Tabor, “The next few months will be very interesting.” (REAL NEWS)

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Politics really make strange bedfellows.

    Happy pride month everyone. #LGBTQ to the World.

  2. Lovell since when you are commenting on issues within ABLP. Lovell you will still get your ARSE kicked this election. ABLP 17 seats. UPP. OO SEAT.

  3. @very funnie….True he did tell us how broke the UPP is and that they are hoping to sell BBQ chicken to win government.

    • EVERYTHING ABOUT ABLP IS ABOUT MONEY.

      HOW BROKE IS THE GOVERNMENT? CANNOT PAY CBH, CLAREVUE, PUBLIC WORKS, NURSES, TEACHERS, NO STIMULUS, DEM BRUK BRUK, YOU MINIONS AND USEFUL IDIOT SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO TALK ABOUT BEING BROKE.

      I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH STARVATION AND POVERTY IN ANTIGUA.
      LET UPP SELL BBQ CHICKEN IF THATS WHAT IT TAKES TO VOTE DEM OUT OF POWER!!

  4. GRIGE, Lovell is a free agent and is entitled to comment on any and everything he sees fit to comment on. It seems as if you want Gaston to comment on every thing for everybody and nobody must comment on anything about he or his party. According to their Constitution, they have run out of time for any Primary in St. Peter. One thing I know, Asot knows the Constitution and is not afraid to challenge anything in the courts. I have my popcorn and I will sit back and watch this drama play out.

  5. Could Harold Lovell give us a breakdown, on what transpired between him and Joanne Massiah before they parted ways?
    Maybe if you, Lovell can be honest and forthcoming, you just might get those INDEPENDENT VOTERS to come over to the UPP.

    Ras Smood aka Jumbee Picknee
    Son of Mami_Wata and Papa_Elegba!

    • They discussed that Joanne Massiah said that Gaston and his clowns are a bunch of Pappy Show. How many times do you want to hear Joanne say that about the PM and his minions and USEFUL IDIOTS

  6. That situation with Gaston and ascot is like a daytime soap opera on TV.
    Stay tuned. We all watching..
    I can’t wait to see how this story ends…. hmm
    Gaston vs ascot…1pm antigua time

  7. I don’t understand why the UPP thinks they should mingle in Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party’s internal affairs? It’s not bringing them any political mileage. If that is what they think they’ll gain from it. It would be better if they encourage Asot to run as an independent. Perhaps that would split the St. Peter’s voters and gives their candidate a better chance at the polls.

    • If you don’t understand, then are your retarded. It’s politics and BOTH parties does the same thing. It’s never been any different. What it does, it exposes the POLITICAL HACKS and the ONESIDED looking for chaos. or just stupid talk.

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