Former Ninth District Representative Dr Hubert O’Neal said he decided not to take legal action against VIP spokesperson Pastor Claude Skelton-Cline who publicly accused him of bribing constituents for votes.
O’Neal had threatened to sue Skelton Cline after hearing the outspoken clergyman hurl those allegations during the lead-up to the now-concluded General Election.
But in an interview with BVI News on Wednesday, Dr O’Neal said: “I’m going no further with that … let God take care of Claude Skelton Cline. I can’t be bothered.”
O’Neal further told our news centre he “never” filed any complaint against the clergyman in the first place.
“He (Skelton-Cline) came to me personally but this was way after the fact. But, like I said, I’ll let God take care of him,” Dr O’Neal continued.
When asked if he ever participated in bribery, the former legislator responded by describing the claims against him as “absolute rubbish … nonsense”.
Emulate my political legacy
Dr O’Neal also advised other politicians to emulate his political behaviour.
“Since I’ve been in politics I have always been respectful of persons, and my opponents and I have never said anything derogatory to hurt or provoke anybody,” he said.
Dr O’Neal, who was unsuccessful in his campaign at re-election, continued: “I expect any politician whether they are seasoned or whether they are just coming into [politics] for the first time to practice that because, in the long run, it doesn’t benefit you. It is a small society, we all know each other, and we all have to live with each other. So after all the dirtiness, it is going to come back to hurt you.”
In the meantime, the former legislator said he is now enjoying life after politics.
“I am busy building my practice and I am doing all the things that I didn’t have time to do,” he said.
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