Contents in a statement bearing the signature and name of independent candidate Alphonsus St. Rose may have given a favourable boost to the chances of the Saint Lucia Labour Party in the Choiseul/Saltibus race.
According to the statement, Dr. Rose has decided to suspend his campaign and now join forces with the opposition leader, Phillip J. Pierre, to “rescue” the country.
“I have decided to suspend my campaign to assist and support Hon. Philip J Pierre as the best option to rescue, transform and develop our ailing country. This is, in my mind, the proper posture to adopt at this time. We must now all come together and allow our deepest convictions to purposefully drive us to vote for change, for this has now become a national imperative as well as a moral responsibility.”
Dr. St. Rose through the signed statement admitted that he and his constituents “still have an issue” with the process of candidate selection that led to his non-selection. However, he and the leader of the opposition have come to an agreed framework of acceptance and acknowledgement in relation to the Choiseul/Saltibus impasse on how they can optimally serve the collective best interests of their people and the nation “in a manner that would not taint the integrity of their expressed principles.