Anette Sanford to DLP: ‘I won’t be purchased’

Anette Sanford (l) with UWP leader Lennox Linton

“I am a patriot and stand on principle and as such, I won’t be purchased…”

That’s how Anette Thomas-Sanford, the United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the Salybia constituency is responding to what she said were efforts by the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) to pay her to not contest that seat for the UWP.

Sanford, who recently replaced Dermatologist, Dr. Worrel Sanford as the UWP candidate for the upcoming general election, told UWP supporters at her launching ceremony in the Kalinago Territory on Sunday, that she was offered $120,000 by strategists of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), including the prime minister, and her reinstatement in the nursing service with promotion within two days on condition that she withdraw from the race as the UWP candidate.

“I am pleased to inform you that I flatly rejected the offer,” Thomas-Sanford revealed. “I am a patriot and stand on principle and as such, I won’t be purchased by the purchaser-in-chief: Roosevelt Skerrit. A hundred and twenty thousand dollars [$120,000] is not enough for me to surrender my pride, I, Anette Thomas Sanford, do not and will never, ever be bought.”

Sanford told Salybia constituents that she has chosen to stand on principle, knowing that it’s a lonely road “because many don’t see the value in serving country with pride and dignity.”

She added, “I am not for sale and my people are no longer going to be subjected to the whims and fancy of Roosevelt Skerrit and those who represent him. Waving money in my peoples’ faces while taking away our ten million dollars, is a practical joke and the outgoing government will be the laughing stock of the nation and the world.

Sanford went on to say that two months after she refused the DLP’s offer, “one of our Kalinago health professionals, [Dr. Theodore Thomas] and the chief surgeon at that, wrote to the Ministry of Health indicating his interest to renew his contract as is customary, and the Skerrit Cabinet has not even acknowledged the correspondence.”

She said this Kalinago health professional is still waiting and hoping and praying for the opportunity to serve the people.

“What will it take for some among us to see that the outgoing government is not good for our people and the country?” Thomas Sanford asked.

She promised that in the new era of development under the stewardship of Lennox Linton and Team Dominica, “we will appoint all the Kalinago health professionals in permanent roles with the government of Dominica.”

She went on to say that the outgoing party has inflicted great pain on not only the indigenous people of Dominica, but the entire constituency to include Atkinson and Antrizzle.

“People have been dis-empowered; some have migrated, others have given up and a precious few have even died,” Sanford stressed. “Yes, many of our people have died waiting on that false promise from an incompetent bunch which is all about self-interested aggrandizement…”

Sanford vowed to continue the mission, started by generations before, to fight for the sustenance of the Kalinago people as a “very privileged part of such an illustrious team of true patriots and professionals, the candidates and members and the resolute leader of the United Workers Party – Team Dominica.”

“There will be change in the Salybia constituency, come December 6, 2019,” Thomas-Sanford insisted. “The people will make sure of that.”

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  1. John Doe
    November 13, 2019

    The voters of Dominica must and should choose the partty of their choice.

  2. TeteMorne I From
    November 13, 2019

    Imagine that. They offered the young woman 120K to jump om their side? I now wonder just how much money was offered, or, paid to Joseph Issac. The level of immaturity is astounding!!
    whatever happened to INTEGRITY? Why would Skerrit and his henchmen stoop to such low levels? If they wanted to bless her with the money, OK, but to actually OFFER her money to join you all. What a bunch of wolves in sheep clothing. Hopefully, God will allow you all to leave office sooner than later.

    Am I the only one who notices that the Dominica leadership is slowly dragging its people into the COMMUNIST Pit? The Labor Party has lost one vote/r: Me. Now I seeing blue.

  3. out of south city
    November 12, 2019

    My question is, with all the money that is being wasted by the DLP, why is it that Skerrit has not used it to invest in the country to provide jobs for the unemployed? The NEP is not enough because these are menial jobs. For so long, some Civil Servants have not been appointed and as a result, many of them can’t even get loans to build houses. The money from the passport sales is not Skerrit’s money but DOMINICA’s money so even when they talk about development, a lot of people did not even get assistance after hurricane Maria. My cousin applied for help and up to this moment, she has not received even one galvanise.
    Some of the hotels that have been currently built are not owned by Dominicans and let me say that without an International airport, how much revenue is going to be generated through these hotels?
    And without the sale of our Dominican passports, what would the economy be like? This present administration has failed the Dominican people and now is the time for BIG…

  4. Galileo
    November 12, 2019

    I was initially very impressed with the lady. However, I very disappointed now that you have been proven to lie.

  5. Sybil nowell
    November 12, 2019

    Why would grown people make such silly,stupid statements, besides who would waste money.
    To all the Africans that believe the indeginous people have their backs think again both red and blue. Yo pa la zo , zo sa neg. They want their so call land back.
    Cannot wait for normality again to much his and hers play ground stuff, and peopke are lying on each other man up and act lije grown up come on.

  6. Karifuna
    November 12, 2019

    Anette, I must applaud you on your character. I have been following your recent political career and have to admit that you are a great role model for the Kalinago people, especially our young girls. Looking past the mess that we call Dominican politics, you really present yourself as a respectable young woman that the people of the Kalinago Territory ought to be grateful. As much as everyone has been supportive of you, after this election we will still be seen as the uneducated savages from the countryside. Many Dominicans have no regard for the indigenous civilization, the first to inhabit this island. Surely they will deny that they hold us to a lower standard, but we are the ones who face the prejudices every day: the name calling, the sneers, the insolent remarks. In the event that you do win this seat together with your party, I do implore you to take care of the Kalinago people. We may be a part of this island, but still very much on our own and treated as outsiders.

  7. JAH KAL
    November 12, 2019

    Congratulation Mrs Stanford your speech was deep you a my warriour my Iron lady i hope your people listen to you, you a there for them and tell skerrit the bottle rum and dangle of money in their faces will not work this is 2019 not 1902 am so proud of you . Take it to skerrit and his goons they must go.

  8. No No
    November 12, 2019

    DNO truth be told. You must tell the truth, U P P just want a little rumor and they are willing to sell their souls. Lies lies lies, Anette wrote, August 25, 2019. Dear Honorable Prime Minister
    Earlier this year, I submitted my letter of resignation in order for me to contest the Kalinago Chief elections ……….. I am positive that I have much to offer to the nursing service, the government of Dominica…….. I would be greateful that any elevated position that suits you, will be given consideration. I look forward to a positive response, signature followed. Annette, you were passed over in favor of Cozia Fedricks. Now you remain as a vengeful lover. After being dumped you are seeking revenge. Typical of the 🐒 monkey who couldn’t reach the grape 🍇, he justifies his behavior by stating it SOUR anyway. Blue Vex you are!

  9. Character
    November 12, 2019

    The truth will prevail. By now everyone should know you are blatantly lying or you have amnesia. I am automatically turned of by your lies. Did you write a letter to the PM asking for your job back and all other elevation? The letter is presently circulating on social media. As a woman your pride, values and moral standards are the most important features of your character, and you have tarnish that! I thought of you as an upcoming and effective person, but your first public encounter is daunted with lies and fallacies, then I just think of you as another desperado and deigned person. Shame on you, Ms. Sanford for your fallacious lies. The letter you wrote the PM also describes your character.

    • November 12, 2019

      I’m always amazed me how Dominicans assassinate other peoples character, so you must be feeling very good about yourself but let tell you no weapon you form against Annette will ever proper because God is her anchor . So try to accept and respect the people of the KALINAGO and stop your victimization, remember when you in glass houses you do not throw stones for you will never know where it fall

  10. Eagle-Eyed
    November 12, 2019

    A lot of UWP supporters from Marigot and Salisbury in the crowd but not many from the Kalinago constituency. This does not auger well for her election to represent the kalinago people. I suspect she will regret she didn’t take the money if that is true. You have to take anything from UWP candidates with a pinch of salt, especially with a dishonest leader like Lennox Linton.

  11. Island peeps
    November 12, 2019

    On December 7th you will wish you had taken that $120K if it was actually promised to you. I am not saying you should have taken it but. lol

    • Shaka zulu
      November 12, 2019

      She is a registered nurse and can get a job in any island making much more money than she does as a nurse in Dominica. Skerrit took money and car to go up for labour and he thinks he can corrupt everyone that way for his own satisfaction. He knows only people with no values and those that are desperate would do such things. Once you sell your dignity you life is destroyed and you subject yourself to his manipulation. It is used for justification of skerrits own personality. If others do it must be ok, i must be ok. I admire this lady because taking the offer is the easy selfish thing to do. I rather sleep on the streets and die homeless rather than take shelter from some people.

    • out of south city
      November 12, 2019

      This is a very ignorant statement. I wish you had guts like her. She said that she will not be bought by your corrupt leader. What more do you need to hear? Stop being brainwashed by Skerrit and stand up for what is right!!!!!!!!!!


  12. jamie
    November 12, 2019

    You are well respected,Skerrit is a scam and uses the poor people of Dominica,He will answer one day to the creator.Keep your head high,God will guide you through,Skerrit is a Donald Trump,will come crashing down on him soon.

  13. DAstrong
    November 12, 2019

    That’s the only strategy the DLP has to win an election. “Bribery”

  14. Spearman.
    November 11, 2019

    It is just a pity that she didn’t record the conversation of the bribery attempt. The whole world needed to have heard that. What we are seeing here is typical of communist or classic dictatorship regimes. If you don’t comply with our demands, we are going after your relatives.
    Judgement day is at hand.

  15. pureblackmagic
    November 11, 2019

    Everything has a prize but uwp is not for sale

  16. out of south city
    November 11, 2019

    Kalinago blood runs through my veins and when we stand for something, we are stalwarts, we are not easily moved. We are a people of pride and dignity and to reiterate, as Mrs. Sanford said, “we will not be bought,” especially by an incompetent party. We are sick and tired of the rhetoric, lies and empty promises. Our eyes are opened and we will no longer be blind-folded!!!!!!!!! Away with this present administration that has been fooling some ignorant people for too long.

  17. Concerned citizen
    November 11, 2019

    You should have taken the money, donated it to the Kalinago community, and stood anyway. The PM is Trump in disguise. Scandalous behaviour.

  18. shrewd
    November 11, 2019

    This young lady certainly has leadership potential, very fluent and articulate. I see a future prime minister here.

  19. Bwa-Banday
    November 11, 2019

    What can I say? Brilliance and intelligence with a punch of wit and class has Skerrit and henchmen on the backfoot. I am very proud of you madame and will campaign for and with you to the end.

  20. Phea
    November 11, 2019

    Listening to your speech last night reminded me of how important it is that we educate our girls and young women. You are an inspiration to all Dominicans. Mrs Sanford your conviction and integrity rang through during your entire speech. Well done. Wishing you success in the upcoming elections. You will have my vote!

  21. Red eyes
    November 11, 2019

    Abette should just tell Skerrit that she is not Judas Iscariot or Joseph Isaac

  22. Bravo
    November 11, 2019

    At this point in time, we Dominicans been hearing so many accusations against the prime minister and party it leaves everyone with no other option but to question the accusers since they have never once been able to present substantial proof or evidence once for all time the will leave us all with absolutely no doubt that their claims are true sincere and honest.

  23. A kalinago
    November 11, 2019

    Annette if that offer is true well considering your people and the lack of nurses in the country. I suggested this was sokey the reason they want you back and work to help the people you say you love

  24. The Truth Be Told
    November 11, 2019

    “She went on to say that the outgoing party has inflicted great pain on not only the indigenous people of Dominica, but the entire constituency to include Atkinson and Antrizzle.” Annette I quote from you. Whilst I admire you as a woman. Those words are not true. Yes go up for your people but do not say untruths. The Kalinago people have benefited a lot from the Government. Even after the hurricane. I know there was a lot of damage but I know that they were very much assisted. Perhaps not all as everything cannot be done all at one time.
    Annette you and your team also remember that hurricane Maria was island wide destruction. Madame also open your eyes. A lot of development has happenned since Maria. Be truthful for it is only truth that will set u free. Hope you keep your integrity as you have done. Do not stoop low in this politics thing.

  25. The Truth Be Told
    November 11, 2019

    Annette I know the contract thing has to go to Cabinet and may take a few weeks even months sometimes. I am sure his contract would have been renewed as I know the PM is not foolish. What I want to say though is that his contract expired on the 30th November, 2019 and 1 day later, you all were on the airwaves and everywhere making an issue about contract. I know this was a bit early for this as I have indicated that the contract sometimes takes a few weeks or days. And someone has to prepare the documents to go to Cabinet. So as usual the UWP of which you are a part of twists anything to be negative. I am sure that Doctor Thomas’s contract will be renewed. Just that u guys always run to talk (parler autant) to mislead and score points for your party.

  26. Di Londoner
    November 11, 2019

    It’s still early, Annette.

  27. Ibo France
    November 11, 2019

    This erudite, articulate, morally and ethically upright, fiercely patriotic lady, Anette Stanford, is exactly what Dominica needs to take the country out of it’s present state of corruption, divisiveness and dispair. Money is important but cannot buy love, integrity and sure not Annette. These words from Anette have made an indelible mark on my mind. I will carry them around with me wherever I go.
    ” I am a patriot and stand on principle and as such, I won’t be purchased.” Beautiful, inspiring words from a genuine, real, bona fide PATRIOT, Anette Thomas-Stanford. Compare Anette’s outstanding , awe-inspiring presentation with the pedestrian one of intellectually lightweight Melissa, no contest. The UWP attracts candidates of superlative quality, the DLP crooks, morons and shady characters.

  28. LifeandDeath
    November 11, 2019

    Annette is indeed a shining example of how not to perpetuate corruption in small island development states such as ours.
    Her resistance to bow to the pressure of a really rotten political practice will eventually pay dividends for all Dominicans.

    Skerrit would have already been history if more of our people would practice to delay self gratification and put country first…

    Way to Go Annette!!..

  29. November 11, 2019

    What a bunch of lies the false rumors are spreading like wild fire that is all UWP have to run on can they come out and say what they are going to do for their constituency instead of following Linton and make all those lies he just dragging UWP down a hell hole I wish you and the rest luck you notice Linton always mention
    money that’s all in the back of his head

    • Eddy A
      November 13, 2019

      Of course, this story would bring Skerrits Chief apologists on the stage and spew their ugly venom

  30. Casio
    November 11, 2019

    EC$120,000? that is a slap in the face. Someone said they love Annette and what she stands for, but she is on the wrong side. The ignorance of a Dominican is unparalleled to no other. here we care not who our candidate (the actual person who we vote for to represent us) is. All it seems to matter is who the PM is. So we vote for all sorts of characters. Regardless of their track record, on or off the field. We care not about their values or what they stand for, just as long as Skerrit is PM. Or just as long as Linton is not. Never mind the state of the constituency, never mind the lack or representation, never mind the victimization of other citizens. We are our own biggest mistake and problem. Dominicans. I Wish Annette all the success. she seems caring and genuine. Cozier’s motive i am not very sure of. He knows better, im pray that he does better, not for himself, but for the first people of Dominica. The people who should be 1st class citizens, not treated as 3rd class.

  31. Eggleston born and bread
    November 11, 2019

    Madam if your statement is true
    I think you made a mistake I would’ve taken the money
    Now you are going to lose bat and ball
    You are mental if you expect Linton to win
    Really feel sorry for you

    • out of south city
      November 12, 2019

      It is wicked people like you who have kept this inept administration alive. Unless you get a wake-up call you will never awake from your stupor. Your eyes are blind and as long as this present administration stays in power, your blindness will continue. DAMN SHAME!!!!!!!!!

  32. RandyX
    November 11, 2019

    If only Dominica had more people with principals and character like Anette. We need to show that tyrant Skerrit that not everybody is for sale.
    By the way Skerrit, where is our money?

  33. November 11, 2019

    Yea you delivered with pride and dignity. Your speech was fluent . I listen to you all the way from New Jersey and it was a pleasure. Your tomorrow will definitely be greater than today.

  34. Lin clown
    November 11, 2019

    Here goes another UWP IDIOT.While she is saying she is not for sale,LINTON is trying to BRIBE Dominicans buy offering $25,000 per household.The same UWP one does not know what the other is saying.

  35. Nous Meme
    November 11, 2019

    You are a class act!!!! I applaud your humility. God bless you and family always.

  36. TJ
    November 11, 2019

    Congratulations! Though, I am not kalinago you have made proud of your demeanor, command of the English language and a patriot seeking justice for DA. A change is coming. Though I am not in your constituency, my constituency, bordering yours will go UWP. Castle Bruce has a history of making massive changes. Let me be the first to you that you will make an excellent P.R.

  37. mine
    November 11, 2019

    See how they treated your husband he never got the leader post he was promised. I don’t you were asked to joined the DLP fake news.

  38. Reallyyy
    November 11, 2019

    Sound like a positive person but to be honest wit u mam u in the wrong party don’t have much to say only time will tell

  39. DAPossieMassie
    November 11, 2019

    Imagine, Dominicans going to Barbados to involve themselves in Barbadian politics? What do you think would happen? Imagine Dominicans going to Antigua or Jamaica to involve themselves in the respective islands politics?

    I am confident they would not return home on their own volition. Our people are just talkers who are so happy to praise scholars… who do more talking. Talkers and do-nothing-ers.

    If it was in any other country, at lease one of those Bajans “Masons” would not return home on their own volition, then and only then would Skeritt understand Dominicans are serious. But Dominicans repeat the same thing election after election with the same result.


    We tell people how we want to be treated and they respond accordingly. So Skeritt will win (CHEAT AGAIN) again and nothing will happen, because we have shown how gullible we are as a…

  40. Jokr Phoenix
    November 11, 2019

    So you had a clear cut case of bribery and you would have even gotten evidence (cash, checks, etc.,) and you are trying to tell us that in this heightened political season you didn’t take it or even set up a sting that would literally bring down and crush your opponent?
    Ms. Sanford, I am sorry, but if that’s the way you chose to start your campaign…with lies, then you aren’t gonna go very far.
    All this happened months ago and you are only talking about it now? WOW! Ebeh the UWP likes to wait long before they report crimes papa.

    • Looking
      November 12, 2019

      She is not talking about it now, She did tell people about it. She only mentioned it as part of her presentation.

    • Foreigner
      November 12, 2019

      If she is lying, I think you should allow those whom she has accused to refute her claim. Why are they all silent? After all, if someone has accused me falsely, I would DEFINITELY try to clear my name, take legal action, make a statement etc. Support your party if you must but don’t be a blind follower.

  41. Man bites dogs
    November 11, 2019

    These so-called Workers clowns just cannot stop telling lies it is in their DNA no one asked you liar. The word patriot is a common word of the so-called Workers clowns without knowing the truth meaning of the word or when is the right time to use the word Patriot, we had a bad storm then a nasty hurricane did anyone sees Lennox Linton and his people came over to help? Now this rabbit has the nerve to stand up and say she is a patriot” I won’t be purchased “what a joke along with that clown master of ceremony Linton next to her.

  42. %
    November 11, 2019

    That’s the kind of dirty politics by DLP that has helped to destroy Dominica over the last 20 years. Squandering of state resources just to stay in office, even if those buffoons cannot do the job!!
    Well done Mrs Sanford. I listened to you intently yesterday!
    You are by a long way the better candidate, and I have no doubt that the electorate will reward you at the polls.
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

    • out of south city
      November 12, 2019

      This is a very ignorant statement. I wish you had guts like her. She said that she will not be bought by your corrupt leader. What more do you need to hear? Stop being brainwashed by Skerrit and stand up for what is right!!!!!!!!!!


  43. Jack Sparrow
    November 11, 2019

    Mrs. Sanford, I listened to you on Sunday, and I was pleasantly surprised.
    I am impressed with your plans for the people of the Carib Territory. I was also impressed with your fluency and clarity of speech, a stark contrast to Mrs. Skerrit.
    May God continue to bless you and your family, and may you provide the leadership your people so desperately need.

    • google
      November 11, 2019

      Enlighten yourself WE ARE THE KALINAGO TERRITORY.

      • Jack Sparrow
        November 12, 2019

        No disrespect to you google or your people.
        You are Kalinagos, where you reside is called the Kalinago Territory.
        However, a question for you:
        With the name change from Carib to Kalinago and Carib Territory to Kalinago Territory, is it right to say that the three thousand plus acres of land reserved for your people is now called the Kalinago Reserve and not Carib Reserve?
        Has there been a name change to this as well?

        • Karifuna
          November 12, 2019

          As someone of Kalinago descent, it would be greatly appreciated if the word ‘Carib’ be replaced with ‘Kalinago’ in all aspects of our speech. I hope that answers your question about the change.

  44. annette friend
    November 11, 2019

    madam god is on your side
    you will concur in jesus name

  45. Chica
    November 11, 2019

    Wow young lady if that’s the case. I salute you. I don’t know if I would be able to turn that offer down, Especially in Dominica where life is so hard. Am taking a page from your book 🙏🇩🇲

  46. Interpreter Found
    November 11, 2019

    Are we going to talk about the crazy sums of money being given out by this Labor party? At what point do we make sure the country actually has the money it needs to run once these guys are no longer in power as I highly doubt the money is in the Dominica accounts and not in the ministers personal accounts.

  47. ??
    November 11, 2019

    Can Annette please tell us who were the people who made her the offer? Just saying operatives of the labor party wont cut it. if she can’t then it’s just another big lie. We need all the names!

    …… Read this paragraph in the story in which she specifically mentioned the prime minister: Sanford, who recently replaced Dermatologist, Dr. Worrel Sanford as the UWP candidate for the upcoming general election, told UWP supporters at her launching ceremony in the Kalinago Territory on Sunday, that she was offered $120,000 by strategists of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), including the prime minister, and her reinstatement in the nursing service with promotion within two days on condition that she withdraws from the race as the UWP candidate.

    • Real Dominican
      November 12, 2019

      Well, it is up to Skerrit and the DLP pary to renounce and distance themselves from statement.

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