Bouyed by a massive victory in the Soufriere by-election, Political Leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), Roosevelt Skerrit, has called on Roseau South MP, Joshua Francis to step down.
Francis is facing similar allegations as Ian Pinard which led to his resignation as MP for Soufriere and Public Works Minister, paving the way for the by-election.
The DLP won the by-election on Tuesday in a landslide victory with candidate Denise Charles amassing 1,342 votes while her competitor from the United Workers Party, Higgs Adam, taking 560 votes.
At a victory rally in Soufriere on Tuesday evening Skerrit called on Francis, who was booted out as Deputy Leader of the UWP based on the allegations, to step down as early as today, Wednesday.
“This party and this political leader are coming straight for the Roseau South seat,” he stated to thunderous applause. “I tried not get involved in this matter, ladies and gentlemen but I am calling on Joshua Francis tonight to resign tomorrow morning and make way for by-elections in the Roseau South Constituency…”
He stated that the DLP is on a mission to take all 21 seats in the next general election.
“And you the people of the Soufriere Constituency, you have sent a clear message to the rest of Dominica and this is a clear message to the United Workers Party that Labour Party is the best and only party for Dominica at this time,” he noted.
Skerrit said the results of the poll show that the people do not want the UWP or its Political Leader, Lennox Linton.
“We do not want them in this constituency and Dominica,” he stated. “We have rejected hatred in Dominica, we have rejected division in Dominica and we have rejected the UWP and Lennox Linton for all their bad manners and the bad way in which the represented the interest of the people in Dominica, ladies and gentlemen.”