Free National Movement(FNM) Chairman Sidney Collie said he was unaware of riot rumors following Wednesday night’s convention and was instead very happy with the way the night ended having both FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis and leader hopeful Loretta Butler-Turner shock the naysayers ending the night on stage together portraying unity.
During a press briefing yesterday following Wednesday’s events, Mr. Collie said he views Wednesday night’s close as the beginning of the party’s healing process.
“I’m optimistic that before the end of this convention we are going to have a clear demonstration of unification of the party.”
When asked about clash rumors between the Minnis camp and the Loretta Butler-Turner camp Mr. Collie said he had no knowledge of it.
Under theme “Because The Country Matters” yesterday’s evening session was an opportunity for the party to show the Bahamian public that they do really matter.
“Failure after failure has piled up leaving families and workers struggling to get by left to wonder if this PLP government cares about them at all,” he said.
“The second night of our convention will prove that the Bahaman people truly do matter, the FNM is ready to take steps to bring about the real leadership and change that the Bahamian people deserve.”
When prompted to respond to those claims by Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner regarding being nipped of speaking time on purpose by FNM leader Dr. Hubert Minnis, Mr. Collie quickly intervened.
“No, no,” he said.
“I can categorically say that Ms. Butler will be speaking from 9:35 to 10:00pm, 25 minutes.”
Business as usual during the convention’s afternoon session yesterday as delegates spent the time dealing with constitutional amendments and constituency reports.
The FNM convention is expected to close this evening.