Nassau, Bahamas — Several senior FNM officials met in camera over the weekend as we have been told that there may be a move afoot to oust Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham as leader.
The disgruntle fraction we are told have already joined forces with a section of the Party in the northern Bahamas, including officers out of Abaco and Grand Bahama vowing to reject Ingraham at the next sitting of the Party’s Convention.
Ingraham asked FNMs to meet him in the Convention this year as he closed Convention 2009, however, discussions emanating from the Party Chairman, Carl Bethel, revealed the 2010 Convention could face postponement.
One spokesperson for the fraction told BP, “When our leader returns respectfully we would put to him our concerns with the direction of the country and under his advisement, we seek to have him consider the following:
1) We want to know if Mr. Ingraham will lead us into the next General Elections.
2) We want to know if he has concluded on a Convention for 2010.
3) We also wish to know when the country will have the appointment of a full time Minister of Immigration.
4) We as well demand a major shakeup in the Cabinet, and we seek to know if the PM is set to do that.
“The PM will be given 14 days to answer these concerns of ours when he returns on Wednesday and him failing to respond to them a loud voice from inside the Party shall emerge and Hubert Ingraham as we did before shall be given his walking papers and removed as the leader of the FNM.”
BP has learned the group is angered following the poor fiscal management of the affairs of the country by the PM along with the concerns of mass unemployment, which has rocked the nation since the FNM was returned to office.
“Things are so bad in Grand Bahama BP, Our generals are suffering and there is no voice from the people in that section of the country. I can confirm two sitting MP have their constituency offices close on the island. Last week while I attended a special ceremony to honour one of our members of the Party, outside the Church doors was an unemployed mother looking for food. Across the road was another young man selling phone cards, right in the mouth of the church. Came another young man selling fruit salads during the divine worship. Man BP we need CHANGE! That cannot be the Bahamas future generations will inherit from an FNM government, and we are determined to fix it before the next election,” the spokesperson for the fraction said.
The disgust and rampant outrage within the FNM came to head a few weeks ago when the leadership of the Women’s Association on Grand Bahama all resigned from the organization. Bethel in move to quash suspicions by the resignation told the press the women resigned due to personal reasons, however, reports are several women declaring themselves as former members of the FNM Women’s Association may be locking arms with the PLP Grand Bahama.
Meanwhile, BP has learned current Speaker of the House, Alvin Smith, has hinted to residents in his constituency, he will not seek another term in the Parliament. We’ve learned a former PLP is being considered by the FNM to run on the Party’s ticket. “This is also one of the bones of contention we are having with the PM. How is it former PLPs and inactive FNM appear to be getting the nod, while loyal committed officers across the Party are being overlooked? This cannot happen and we will do what we must to stop this bleeding in our ranks.
Prime Minister Ingraham told the press in 2009, he will confirm whether he would offer again, however, to date no word has come from the PM of his intentions.