Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda addressed the ongoing trend of individuals leaving the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) to join the ruling Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) that he leads.
Prime Minister Browne highlighted these defections as a demonstration of the strength and appeal of the ABLP.
“The consistent movement of members from the UPP to the ABLP is a testament to our party’s strength and influence,” said Prime Minister Browne.
Reflecting on the movement of individuals from the UPP to the ABLP, Prime Minister Browne acknowledged that such transitions have been occurring for years and continue to do so.
He noted that the consistent flow of members from the opposition to the ruling party reflects positively on the ABLP’s position and influence within Antigua and Barbuda’s political landscape.
Prime Minister Browne emphasized that the ABLP remains a mature and cohesive institution despite the influx of new members. He expressed confidence in the party’s ability to integrate new members while maintaining unity and focus on its goals.
Highlighting the contributions of individuals who had previously aligned with other parties but later joined the ABLP, Prime Minister Browne cited examples such as Lamin and Senator and Tanny Rose.
He noted that many of these individuals had become loyal and influential members within the ABLP, further bolstering the party’s strength.
“Our party has welcomed these individuals with open arms, and their dedication has only served to strengthen our ranks,” remarked Prime Minister Browne.
Responding to criticisms aimed at new members benefiting without adequate contribution, Prime Minister Browne acknowledged the sentiment but argued that entitlement issues were not unique to the ABLP.
He stressed the importance of meritocracy and active participation within the party, ensuring that members earn their positions through dedication and service.
He characterized the ongoing defections from the opposition as a validation of the ABLP’s vision and leadership, further solidifying its standing within the country’s political landscape.
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