Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has asked Dominica Labour Party supporters to give him and his DLP administration a clean sweep in the next general elections which he hinted could be soon.
Mr. Skerrit addressed a large a crowd of his supporters at a rally in Roseau on Tuesday night, one day after an election petition against him and education minister, Petter Saint Jean, was dismissed by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC).
The ECSC, in its ruling on Monday, ended a more than three-year court battle in which the legitimacy of Skerrit and Saint Jean as elected members of parliament, was challenged.
The petition was filed by Maynard Joseph and Ron green who ran for the opposition United Workers Party in the constituencies won by Skerrit and Saint Jean.
Referring to the recent one-sided election victory of the New National Party in Grenada, the Prime Minister told his audience, “Keith Mitchel in Grenada is my friend. I love him dearly but I am really jealous of him. Keith has something that I want.”
Skerrit told the crowd of cheering supporters that Prime Minister Mitchel and the NNP had accomplished something he believes that the Dominica Labour party deserves. “I am not saying what it is tonight,” he stated, “I am not saying what it is tonight but if your guess is that it is a clean sweep of the polls, then I cannot say you are wrong.”
The DLP leader urged party faithfuls to help him ‘fight tooth and nail’ to increase the DLP’s numbers in the next general elections. “I want my revenge for three years of mental strain and stress, to be a thorough and comprehensive whipping of the United Workers Party at the polls whenever the next general elections are held,” he said.
He down played the notion that Tuesday’s rally was a celebration of his court victory stating, “I did not celebrate yesterday, neither did I celebrate today, nor will I celebrate tomorrow. I am reserving my celebration for this court victory to my victory and the victory of this great political party at the polls next time around.”
Skerrit said he would declare the day after the elections a public holiday ” for I intend to have one full day of celebrations for our triumph over these hooligans one more time.”
He urged his followers to “return to your communities and begin your work….. for I want you to tell all and sundry tonight that Skerrit has hinted that it won’t be long”.