BREAKING NEWS <<<
Freeport, GB — Will FNM country stay with the FNM? No one knows, but breaking news tonight emanating from the packed Our Lucaya Hotel tells us, the DNA is fast becoming a spoiler in the upcoming general elections.
Bahamas Press can confirm three known PLPs will be grace the DNA’s Launch Event in the nation’s second city tonight, and present the picture that not only FNMs are in with the DNA.
The move we are told by party insiders, will present a spoiler for the PLP and could sure-up the votes for the Free National Movement in Grand Bahama.
Bahamas Press has learnt former PLP candidates in Eight Mile Rock and Lucaya, Caleb Outten and Stephen Plakaris respectively, are set to be confirmed as candidates at the DNA live televised event this evening.
The move automatically turns the political forecast in Grand Bahama, but also quickly paints the DNA as a ‘flip flop fool flam’ party; and here’s what we mean.
Many remember Party Leader, Branville McCartney annunciating, “It is not the intent of us in the DNA to present recycled politicians to run on our slate.” The statements were made just weeks ago before J. Whitney Bastian and Derek Ryan were rejected as candidates for the Party. However, tonight’s announcement will prove a shifting of position by the former FNM Cabinet Minister.
Plakaris ran for the PLP and was rejected by the people of Lucaya in the 2002 General Elections. Outten was fielded by the PLP in three elections, and he too was rejected in all races by the people of Eight Mile Rock. Outten, you would remember, was also a former Senator in the PLP government.
BP also, understands the DNA will offer known PLP from West End, Robert Grant, or may choose FNM, Roger Rolle, as its candidate for West End and Bimini constituency. The move to run Grant could upset the apple carts in West End and split PLP votes between, he and current MP, Obie Wilchcombe. The race will likely deliver a win to an FNM candidate.
Some tell us Grant has not inked the deal solidly with the DNA as yet and tonight if not concluded FNM Rolle may appear as the candidate.
Meanwhile, sources tell us the FNM will name Rondi Tener Knowles, as its standard-bearer for Marco City for the FNM.
Will FNM country stay with the FNM? For now, it looks that way.