The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has challenged Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Mia Mottley to reveal to Barbadians the nature of the relationship between the BLP and Nigerian billionaire Benedict Peters.
Peters is the founder and chairman of Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited, a major player in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. Two years ago his net worth was said to be about BDS$5.4 billion and he was ranked the 17th richest man in Africa.
Last night at the DLP’s 2018 general election campaign launch at Waterford, St Michael, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler charged that Peters met recently with members of the BLP at the Barbados Hilton, and he called on Mottley to explain the purpose of the meeting.
“Were you, Mia Mottley, at the meeting? And if you were, who was with you?” Sinckler asked.
Making reference to the huge amount of money which the BLP had been spending in the election campaign thus far, Sinckler questioned whether Peters, 51, was funnelling money into Barbados’ democratic system at the behest of the BLP leader, much like the Russians had sought to influence America’s 2016 presidential election.
“What do they [BLP] have to pay back. . .which part of the country do they have to surrender?” Sinckler queried.