Begging Hubert “THE DICTATOR” Ingraham to reverse his decision to turn over the leadership of the FNM to Tommy Turnquest was the biggest mistake FNMs made back in 2005.
Despite the fact that he had hand-picked Tommy to succeed him and campaigned for him strongly during a farcical “special leadership election” conducted by the FNM, it was no secret among FNMs generally that Ingrahqam personally orchestrated the campaign for him to return, which speaks volumes for the content of his character.
This is also true about the outright lie that the late FNM leader Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, on his death bed, handpicked Ingraham to replace him as leader when he died in May of 1990.
Ask any or the still-living members of the Dissident Eight who formed the FNM along with Cecil back in 1972 whether they think this is true and they will tell you no. I have always contended that no matter who was the leader of the FNM going into the 1992 general election the FNM would have won because the
Bahamian people were ready for a change politically.
Yet over the years, true FNMs, who fought almost two decades to build the FNM into a viable party capable of winning the government, have allowed Hubert “THE DICTATOR” Ingraham to take over their party and turn it into the failed THIRD FORCE party that he formed after he was put out of the PLP in 1984. Shame on them.
And that shame must be compounded ten-fold if Tommy and the other original FNMs, especially those within Ingraham’s cabinet who are as docile as lapdogs, continue to allow Ingraham to become an absolute dictator.