Opposition Leader Dismisses Potential Challenger in Mesopotamia Division

Opposition Leader Dismisses Potential Challenger in Mesopotamia Division

“I’ve never heard of him”: that was the Leader of the Opposition’s response to whether he felt businessman Lawrence Ellis would give him a run for his money in the Mesopotamia division. Two weeks ago, Ellis submitted his standard bearer application to the People’s United Party in hopes of challenging Barrow in the division in the next general elections. Since then, Ellis has begun to campaign in the area and says he believes the PUP will be able to win over voters from the area, which has been a historic stronghold for the UDP. But, according to Barrow, his name doesn’t ring a bell in the area. 

Reporter: Do you believe he’s an adversary?

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “Never heard of him.”

Reporter: What do you make of him saying that he believes the lack of development in your constituents over the past years would make a good platform for him to run on?

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “I don’t know who you’re talking about. I didn’t even know that the People’s United Party had a candidate, and I focus on the work that I have to do as a representative. I just had a lovely Mother’s Day event, my annual Mother’s Day celebration and we have a Father’s Day event coming up and I continue to do the work that I was elected to do.”

Lawrence Ellis, PUP Aspirant: “Of course I feel like I have more than a better chance to win in this area. The people in Mesop is fed up. They have been left out for many years and the present year representative is not well liked and is not doing anything for the people in Mesop. And I am going around and meeting individuals and it’s the same sentiment I’m getting from everybody that they would really like to see somebody credible and serious representing the People’s United Party to come into Mesop. Well I can only go on my track record and my reputation that I have developed for the past few years, well from since I’ve been working in business for myself. I think I’ve developed a reputation that I’m an honest person and I’m serious about what I say I’m going to do and I guess for now you just have to go by what you know about me and then from there I have to prove it to you.”

And while Police Commissioner has confirmed that he will not be running in the next general elections in the Mesopotamia area, he did send a message to the UDP Area Representative, Moses Shyne Barrow.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I had always said that it’s just that some people misconstrued what I had said. I have never once said that I am running for politics. I have only said that I was contemplating and to think of something is not wrong, contrary to what my good friend Mr.Mose Hyde had said that once I start to think I must resign. If that be the case then I don’t thing some of you would be here because I’m sure you’re thinking about not being here right ? We have to think. We are creatures of thinking and so yes to think of my future in terms of what I believe is best for me and my country I don’t think it’s wrong to do that and if I believe that I can better serve this country in a political manner then I will do that. But at this time I’m focused on my duties as a police officer and as the Commissioner of Police to see what I can do along with my officers to continue to decrease crime in this country to make our country as safe as we can. But if the gentleman from Mesop continues to poke the bear then the bear might just likely give him what he wants.”

Reporter: Well you have until Friday.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I said, if they continue to poke the bear then that’s a different story.”

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