St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) has revealed that “UPP leader, Harold Lovell has declined an invitation to publicly debate Prime Minister Gaston Browne on all matters of public interest”.
In a statement issued today, the ABLP explained that “A public debate was organised by the new online radio station, Twin Islands Media (TIM), represented by Julian Rogers and Kieron Murdoch, who also invited Joanne Massiah, the leader of the Democratic National Party, to participate”.
“Prime Minister Browne readily accepted the invitation to publicly debate Lovell, saying that he would be happy to expose all of the deceitful statements and empty promises that Lovell has been making”, the ABLP a statement said, adding, “Yesterday, the Prime Minister was informed that Lovell declined to participate in the debate“.
For his part, Prime Minister Browne declared, “I am very disappointed that Lovell has slinked away from a public debate where he cannot simply make untruthful and dishonest statements. He should have been a man enough to stand up and face the truth.
The ABLP states that Lovell has shown clearly that he is no leader. He cannot debate the facts with Gaston Browne. Instead, he prefers to continue his monologue of lies in the hope that mud, thrown often enough, will stick.
Earlier, chairman of Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party EP Greene slammed UPP for making false promises with the general public. The statement of ABLP chairman was released after UPP stated that it will increase the minimum wages in the country to $10 an hour.
According to the statement by Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda will see general elections on January 18, 2023. The candidates filed nominations to contest in the general elections on December 28, 2022. According to the Electoral Commission, a total of 53 candidates filed nomination this time, out of which 17 were representing ABLP and 16 were the representative of UPP.
After seeing support and love towards the political alliance, many sources have predicted that PM Gaston Browne’s Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) will once again bag victory and will become the ruling party of the twin island nation.