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City South MP flays opponent for campaign style

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The incumbent Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) candidate for St. John’s City South has criticised his United Progressive Party (UPP) opponent’s style of campaigning which he deems in poor taste.

Franz DeFreitas is seeking to unseat Steadroy Benjamin, who relishes the challenge, but the MP has taken issue with his challenger’s strategy.

“We have this year quite strangely, an individual, who has been obnoxious to many and all and sundry. I’ve run in the past first against Dr. Terry, then the great Vaughn Walter, Lenworth Johnson, Michael Burton, Mervyn Richards, all great persons from the Ovals community.

“Never once was there any rancour, never once was there any name calling, never once was there any hatred, spewing rubbish on the radio station. This time, the tides have turned,” Benjamin stated.

 The attorney general and minister of public safety expressed that anyone seeking to serve the people of Antigua and Barbuda must possess exceptional qualities of which his opponent is lacking.

“In politics, one has got to be sincere, one has got to be genuine, one has got to be true. One doesn’t wait until election time to show love and understanding,” the St. John’s City South MP stressed.

As general elections draw closer, the veteran politician is determined to secure another win for the ruling party, and this time, he plans to do so by an even greater margin.

“When I started back in 1994, I started with 60 [plus] percent and every election after that I have increased the volume of persons who supported me, the records will show, and I am determined this time around, even more than ever, to make certain that the victory which the party will enjoy and my personal victory, will be greater than ever before.”

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