Residents in the St. John’s Rural West constituency has taken the airwaves to stand behind the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party’s (ABLP) 2014 candidate and current caretaker Londel Benjamin, after he said that he has no intention of stepping aside to make way for the return of Gail Christian.
Rumours of Christian’s return was confirmed by the Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst, who shared a similar view shared by the prime minister and ABLP political leader Gaston Browne, that she was better suited for the job.
Benjamin was quoted in today’s Daily Observer, saying that he has no intention of standing down adding that his constituency branch has passed a resolution to support him as the candidate.
This seems to be evident as ZDK’s Breakfast Program Your Views was flooded with callers form the constituency, who said that they had no intention of supporting another candidate. One of the first callers of the program believes that Benjamin should get the respect that he deserves.
Another caller was also quick to defend the 2014 candidate stating that he has long been a loyal ABLP member who played a significant role in the constituency.
Benjamin has been a senator and the ABLP’s caretaker up until June 2014 when he lost the election to then-prime minister and sitting member or parliament (MP) Baldwin Spencer.
The three other political hopefuls vying for the constituency includes 27 year old Russhell Ellis, businessman Sean Benjamin and opposition candidate Richard Lewis.