Nassau, Bahamas — The fires of an embattled outgoing FNM regime are quickly descending into melting pot of molted molten magma today, and if what we know is made reality, the country could find itself into a hotly contested general elections before summer. Papa is facing stiff resistance from MPs and Ministers who find it hard to sleep at night because their phones are ringing off the hook with constituents and family members who are totally pissed off to see how these once promising MPs are allowing Papa and Julian Francis shove this anti-Bahamian sale of BTC down the Bahamian People’s throat. Even the pillow talk from their spouses are urging them to vote against this sale.
After scaling the walls of the Churchill Building today, Bahamas Press’ top investigative journalist reports, a snap general election could be called by the nation’s chief following the vote on the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless. Many see this as a threat to twist the arms of the wayward MPs.
BP can confirm, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham was working the phones overtime Tuesday night in a last ditched effort to save his government from collapse. We can confirm Ingraham aggressively began working the phones late into the night trying to convince MPs and key players of the FNM to the importance of the BTC vote. This act of desperation is being met with fierce resistance from some FNM quarters.
In the PM’s mind a vote against the sale, would be the nightmare of another referendum against his leadership and will conclude a vote of NO CONFIDENCE in the Prime Minister if rejected.
Sources working the phones with the PM tell us, the PM assured MPs and key supporters, that if they break away against the sale, he would no longer have the mandate of a majority, nor would he among his team sway the command of the majority in Parliament; and therefore he would have to go back to the People in a snap election. But many of these same MPs are convinced that Ingraham is washed up, out of touch, and on his way out anyway. They also see the Sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless as a bitter poison that will speed up the end of their political future and prematurely relegate them to the political graveyard heap, just in the same way the people rejected the FNM in 2002 following the Referendum Fiasco.
Going to an Election in 2012 after voting Yes for selling BTC to C&W is a bitter pill that in the minds of these “shaking” MPs is a greater risk that going to a snap election without going against Bahamians on their Political Resume. It will be hard to show their faces in public after demonstrating a lack of national pride in Bahamian First.
The decision to make such a move will confirm articles published by BP months ago, which noted that there is broad disaffection with the FNM, particularly among longtime supporters and MP within the Party over the sale of BTC.
In a desperate attempt to sell the sale to his supporters; Ingraham has planned a rally for Clifford Park; an ambitious feat indeed. We can confirm the Bohengy along with Western Air and other charters out of Andros, Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Acklins and Grand Bahama are booked solid for supporters to attend the Clifford Park event. Ingrraham is pulling out all the stops. This is desperation at its best.
The FNM event is planned just days before a nationwide demonstration at the opening of debate on Parliament this coming Monday. An interactive Town meeting on the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless is planned for tonight [7:30pm] at the British Colonial Hilton. The event planned by Dr. Elwood Donaldson is opposed to the deal.
Meanwhile, incoming Prime Minister, Perry ‘Rockstar’ Christie, has mobilized his PLP machinery into the Nation’s second city for this Friday in a MASS ‘SAVE GRAND BAHAMA’ Rally.
Tolling an election bell in his hand two weeks ago, Christie assured rally goes in Golden Gates last week, all opposition MPs and Senators will vote against the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless as he assured the public, whenever his government returns to power he will reverse the BTC decision. The PLP will certainly be voting against selling BTC to Foreigners and this will be an easy sell in the homes of Bahamians who have been catching hell for the last 4 years.