Nassau, Bahamas — Sources deep in the FNM tell us Hubert Ingraham can smell the beer and peanuts coming, and thus, he is prepared to leave the Party and the office of Prime Minister any time soon.
Ingraham told FNMs at the Elizabeth headquarters last night, “I am not like Perry Christie; I’m not stanching. I can go at any time,”
“I’ve been around a long time, and I want to make sure the FNM has a good cadre of young men and women to head this party. I want you to know that I make it my mission to go and search for good candidates for the FNM.”
The Prime Minister was introducing Dr. Duane Sands to party faithful at the opening of the FNM Elizabeth headquarters, which was being opened for a second time in less than a week.
In a possible sign of conceding defeat Ingraham told the 200 FNMs gathered, “We do not need to win Elizabeth in order to continue to be the government of the Bahamas. We are the government of the Bahamas today, we will be that on Election Day, and we will be that the day after Election Day.”
Readers would remember Ingraham told reporters in January of 2008 that in two years he would consider whether he would run in the 2012 election. Bahamas Press has been reliably informed Ingraham will force a Convention for the FNM in November this year. That convention of the Party shall elect a new leader and Prime Minister for the country.
Contenders we know for the top job are Brent Symonette, Tommy Turnquest and Dr. Hubert Minnis.
The source in the FNM said, “ It doesn’t look good for us in Elizabeth. In the strong FNM sections of the constituency, we are not getting a good response, and it appears, we cannot get the FNM base to respond.”
The source also confirms FNM internal polls are getting worse and showed Dr. Sands’ popularity in the area are slipping.
BP/Cardiff poll appears to be right on target plus or minus 3%. With some 100 persons voting, 74% of those cast via their computers have supported Ryan Pinder as the next MP for Elizabeth. BP/Cardiff agrees with the FNM internal poll. Since our polling began some weeks back Sands’ support in the area has slipped incredibly collecting to BDM and NDP supporters.
The news of Ingraham stepping down is not a good sign with the Ingraham Government showing tremors of attacks against free speech throughout the county. Ingraham through his goons at the Nassau Guardian has fired Oswald Brown [CLICK TO LISTEN ], imposed laws through URCA to censure commercial broadcasts by political parties and has refused to come clean with some 700 persons now on the register who does not live in Lizzy.
Bahamas Press will be in possession of those imaginary names in Elizabeth and shall publish them to the public for the nation to review.
Readers would note Hubert Ingraham suspended the public publishing of the register in the gazette back in 1992. The register of voters being published in the dailies was critical as it alerted residents as to who was DEAD/ listed twice/ left the country/ foreign / living in another area and ineligible for the areas published. However, when you’re desperate to THIEF ELECTIONS the ‘VICKED’ WILL DO ANYTHING!
Orville Turnquest’s nephew, Dr. Duane Sands, gets the nod from his Party. The doctor will go before Justice Rhonda Bain to answer a writ filed against him charging medical malpractice next week Tuesday.