Nassau, Bahamas — A political threat by six angry and frustrated FNM MPs assisted by the Council of the Party have forced the hand of the Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to go ahead with the FNM Convention 2010. These diehard FNMs are determined to show the leadership who is boss over the Council. In the face of having a weak and idle Chairman, the upcoming event promises to be a ‘political bloodbath’ that is set for Wednesday Nov. 3rd, at the Wyndham Crystal Palace and Casino.
The Prime Minister is doomed if he does, and doomed if he doesn’t.
BP has learnt that an ultimatum sent by the Council last week has forced the PM to fight a raging internal political battle to save his legacy. Failure to win and show who is boss can result in the end of his term as Party Leader.
Additionally, BP has learnt that forces inside the FNM have sent a clear message to the Party Leadership in the form of ordering that the 2010 Conclave must go on by hook or crook, and if it Leadership fails to carry on as planned, an impending exodus of MPs, council members, and party officers shall be the result. Even diehard FNMs now want to see an immediate change so as to save this country from further dismay and economic pain.
This bad news hit Prime Minister Ingraham following the Cabinet meeting and we are told it has left the PM in a rage; placing him a position of weakness of paralyzed dithering; a state commonly known to his political rival.
“The situation has left the PM in a no holds barred scenario. If they go forth then he will be challenged as Party Leader and if Ingraham do not go forth with Convention plans, then some members of the FNM are prepared to jump ship. How bad the hemorrhage of the Party faithful will be has yet to be known. We know support against Ingraham is growing within the ranks of former and current Cabinet Ministers and we know even Carl Bethel has confirmed that he was canvassing the country. He was in the Long Island Constituency planting Dr. Duane Sands a few days ago.” A Party insider told BP.
“What we know however is this, Ingraham is in a catch-22 situation and the longer he becomes quiet, silent and prolongs the matter like Christie; dithering and waffling on the issue, support by a well organized, focus and ready candidate to win the leadership of our Party is building.”
Bahamas Press sensed a state of chaos erupting in the walls of the FNM when the entire leadership in the Women’s Association on Grand Bahamas resigned and abandoned their positions. This was preceded by a war of letters between members of the national branches of women who lobbied for the appointment of former minister of foreign affairs, Janet Bostwick, as Governor General of the Bahamas. Ingraham shot down the idea and refused to meet with the women who requested an audience with the Party Leadership.
Prior to the 2002 General Elections, the Free National Movement ended its second term in office following a contentious referendum, which followed with a bloodbath for the Party leadership. Voters then rejected the Ingraham government and voted him out of office.
“There is nothing new under the sun Solomon says and the way it looks, it appears we are headed down the road of destruction once again,” the FNM insider said. As bad as things are these days, even Brent Symonette may now be ready to jump ship and become the political Brutus of this FNM era.