Asserting that an accusation of sexual assault levelled against him has built his support base on the ground, former Babonneau MP, Ezechiel Joseph has said that he will bring home the Babonneau seat.
Joseph has denied accusations by former Micoud North MP, Jeannine Compton-Antoine, that he sexually assaulted her while he was Minister of Agriculture.
“It is not surprising that I heard that statement from Jeannine, because I was informed days before she made that statement that the plan was to identify a young lady from Fond Assau to accuse me of rape and the young lady declined,” he told reporters.
The former Minister disclosed that he is trying to speak with the young lady to determine whether she would make a statement on the issue.
Joseph said it was unfortunate that Compton-Antoine would make the sexual assault accusation.
“I want to say that that statement she made is untrue,” he declared, adding that he has spoken to his Attorneys about the matter and it is being reviewed.
Joseph recalled that when he was encouraged by Compton-Antoine’s father, Sir John Compton, to enter politics, his response was that he was not interested given the nature of politics, “the nastiness.”
The former Babonneau MP recounted that Sir John’s response was that politics is noble and like any other profession, had its good and bad politicians.
“It is unfortunate that Jeannine is the one displaying that type of attitude,” Joseph declared.
He asked why it took Compton-Antoine some seven years to make her sexual assault accusation, noting that she ran for political office in 2011 and never gave that as a reason for resigning from the United Workers Party (UWP).
The UWP was founded by Compton-Antoine’s father.
Joseph said of the sexual assault accusation:
“Surprisingly it has built my support base on the ground, because we had a very powerful meeting last night and I have gotten a number of calls from my constituents who are encouraging me to continue.”
He expressed confidence that he will be victorious at the June 6, 2016, general elections.
Joseph lost the Babonneau seat to Alvina Reynolds by two votes in the last elections.