Agriculture Minister V. Alfred Gray called out Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis for accusing the prime minster and unnamed cabinet ministers of taking briberies from fashion mogul Peter Nygard.
In the House of Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, the agriculture minister did not hesitate to clear his name and that of Prime Minister Perry Christie.
He refuted allegations that the prime minister received $5 million from Mr. Nygard which he claims were used to fund the Progressive Liberal Party’s campaign for the 2012 general election.
“I want to denounce these claims and disassociate myself from this issue,” he said.
Minister Gray said he never accepted any funds from anyone and he doesn’t believe the prime minister did either.
He said he believes the opposition is using the allegations as a political advantage and are making “something out of nothing”.
“The leader of the opposition, don’t mess with my name,” he said.
“That’s all I have. Talk about my politics or how I fail or don’t include my integrity in what you do. I don’t know what people’s money looks like. No one has given me anything in my lifetime. Not Nygard or Bacon. I know how I got every cent on my bank account. I challenge the Commissioner of Police and anyone else to investigate. To Dr. Minnis, call names if you have it. The unsuspected public could easily assume it’s anyone.”
Minister gray said although his name was not called by Dr. Minnis, the statement was too broad and well, could pretty much mean anyone.
He said too often, members of the opposition use “public privilege” as an excuse to fire shots at the governing party and quite frankly, he is sick of it.
“When you make those statements it becomes appear,” he said.
“They hide behind the privilege of the house and that why I told them to meet me outside. I’m never violent but I’m saying people use this house to mess with peoples name, reputation, family and character and hide behind the House of Assembly. I won’t let the leader of the opposition, the chairman or anyone mess with my character.”