ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A member of the UPP party has seemingly broken ranks with the party, inviting speculation that there may be chinks in the party’s armour.
MP and Minister of Culture Eleston Adams, when asked on OBSERVER Media’s Snakepit show Saturday if he would support a no confidence vote against Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, responded that he will follow the wishes of his St Paul’s constituents.
“People always say that you must listen to the people that put you in power, that elected you. The people of St Paul’s have elected me to represent them. I have been listening to the people of St Paul’s calling out, bawling for support. I am watching other areas where they have gotten more than their fair share of everything,” Adams said.
When repeatedly asked if he personally would agree with the decisions of his constituents, Adams noted, “It is not about me, it’s about the people … I keep my feeling to myself.”
Adams, however, made no direct claims that he would or had any personal proclivity to support a no confidence vote against the prime minister, saying, “There has not been a more faithful, reliable, confidential person in UPP then myself. I have given up more than anybody. So if people want to question my loyalty to anybody they have a right to do that.”
When asked by OBSERVER Media if there is indeed a division in the UPP party, former UPP spokesperson Leon Chaku Symister said, “Indeed, the United Progressive Party is made up of diverse persons and it is a democracy. But when the time to make a decision that is in the best interest of Antigua & Barbuda, we know that we can fully count on the members of the UPP to do the right thing.”
Symister did not respond to Adams’ particular comments, stating he did not hear the comments.
Along with Symister, Chairman of the UPP Harold Lovell and public relations officer for the party Joanne Massiah also had no comment, stating they had not as yet heard Adams’ comments.