Nassau, Bahamas — Pressure valves are bursting in the arteries of the Free National Movement as a sitting member of the Parliament has confirmed he will not offer for reelection to the House and subsequently not run in the upcoming general elections.
The confirmation by the MP shows there are problems being experienced on the ground by candidates vying for re-election on the government’s side.
Bahamas Press can confirm our endorsed candidate in the Kennedy constituency has also felt the winds of change and is said to have fled to seek shelter in the seat of South Eleuthera.
Reliable sources in the veins of the Party tell BP, “Our MPs have an uphill battle ahead of them. Our polls taken earlier this year confirmed we face serious challenges in the entire south, southwest and east constituencies of New Providence alone. Therefore, word of the MP’s decision not to run comes as no surprise to us.”
In a sit down with the mystery MP, Bahamas Press was told. “I am prepared not to offer in the next election not because of the tough battle ahead, but I believe the time is now for me to take a new direction in my life and politics is not on the plan at this time. Yes, the ground is very difficult. We are faced with a high levels of unemployment and investments inflows into the country have trickled due to the global crisis.” The MP said.
When asked if he will offer in the future the MP noted, “Who knows where life takes us? Never say never ‘eh’? But at this time no. Our government has faced the most difficult time in the life of this country. However, we have held onto jobs in the public service where large countries around the world have slashed employment. And so history will be kind to us, even if we today find our decisions unpopular.”
The MP joins a list of candidates who have opted not to run in the future. Former PLP candidate for Pinewood, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, has also made clear her intentions not to take the seat in the upcoming elections, citing the required “fire in the belly” to be an MP is not there at this time. The opposition leader in the Senate however vowed her intention to nurture new blood within the party and prepare future leaders for the battle ahead.
The decision to not run is therefore not only felt by the FNM. Bahamas Press reported some weeks ago a threat by opposition business leader in the House, Obie Wilchcombe, to resign from the PLP.
Wilchcombe’s call to the Christie compound we are told, sent the PLP leader into shocking bouts of medicated spasms, forcing him to race to his medicine box in search for Prozac.
Wilchcombe had left for Grand Bahama that weekend hoping to begin organizing an event on the island and raise money for the PLP. It was then; we are told, when a senior PLP stalwart heard the news of Wilchcombe’s visit that the lady confronted the West End and Bimini MP ‘cussin’ him with words created only by the tongue of an angry Bain Town woman.
We are told the Stalwart was quoted as saying, “We in Grand Bahama selling everything we bless with, living on the streets and in the bush and you “The Initiator” gat the nerve to come here and ask us for money?”
We are told Wilchcombe after getting cussed out and almost ganged quickly telephoned Christie with his threatening decision.
Meanwhile, Papa is hoping that the Chinese can be his Saviour. Scores of Chinese were seen walking and surveying the JFK Drive strip yesterday. The Bahamian people have not been told that the advanced team for the road project had arrived. This is typical “Wutless’ behaviour of this FNM Administration.
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