(Antigua Observer) Member of Parliament for St John’s Rural South, Eustace “Teco” Lake is threatening to go independent or challenge any decision by his colleagues in the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), some of whom want to see him out and replaced by businessman, Darryl Matthew.

His reaction came yesterday, just hours after an ABLP source disclosed to OBSERVER media that senior members of the party agree that the MP isn’t and wouldn’t be fit for the slate come next general elections constitutionally due in 2019.

While Matthew said “I have no comment” when asked about the development, Lake was not so circumspect as he said: “I am a little bit surprised … so you are going to take a known commodity and turn it down for someone that is not a known commodity?”

And he warned: “I am sending the message out loud and clear … I am not backing down, I am running next election and I’m running on the ticket of the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party unless they want me to go independent and if I go independent, I guarantee you everyone is going to suffer.”

Lake, the Minister of Works & Housing, has been having kidney problems for several months now. He said his health is not going to impact his plans to run in the next election even it is held a year earlier than constitutionally due.

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