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Roberts pessimistic of trust within the FNM

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts is warning Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis of those six individuals that challenged and questioned his leadership capabilities, advising that trust between both sides moving forward is impractical.

Almost a month after the Free National Movement’s (FNM) bitter leadership race , Mr. Roberts suggests the six Members of Parliament, Long Island MP, Loretta Butler-Turner; Montagu MP, Richard Lightbourne; North Eleuthera, Theo Neilly; St Anne’s MP, Hubert Chipman; Central Grand Bahama MP, Neko Grant and Fort Charlotte MP, Dr. Andre Rollins should likewise not trust the FNM leader.

The advice came during Mr. Roberts’ comments at last week’s PLP National General Council Meeting.

The Chairman made reference to comments he had made at a previous General Council Meeting where he addressed reports that FNM infighting was still occurring even after the National Convention perpetuated the theme of unity.

“You will recall in our meeting of August 4th, my referring to the claim made by Dr. Minnis in his final address at the FNM that the FNM was united yet closed door fighting in the FNM continues to rage on,” he said

“This was publicly confirmed with the tearful resignation of Neko Grant MP as Leader of Opposition business in Parliament. The position was offered to the MP Loretta Butler Turner who withdrew from the FNM leadership race hours before the actual voting having accused Dr. Minnis of criminal behavior but she turned it down proclaiming she was not for sale.”

Mr. Roberts says the Long Island MP mysteriously changed her mind, called for unity and invited her supporters to shift their support to Dr. Minnis.

However, upon a thorough read of a press statement released by Mrs. Butler-Turner she allegedly disclosed that she never pledged her support to Dr. Minnis according to Mr. Roberts.

“Unity my foot,” he said.

Furthermore, Mr. Roberts stated that inside sources informed him of Mr. Grant and Mr. Neilly shortly announcing their decision not to run on the FNM’s ticket in the 2017 general elections.

It was during this meeting last Thursday that State Minister of National Security Keith Bell was ratified to carry the PLP’s banner in the Carmichael constituency, replacing Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Dr. Daniel Johnson.

Mr. Johnson recently announced that he would not be vying to represent the constituency again as he wishes to focus on personal family matters.

Financial Services and Local Government Minister Hope Strachan was also given the nod to again represent the constituency of Sea Breeze.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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