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Attorney: ‘Solve Fnm Leadership Issues At Convention’

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FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Tribune Staff Reporter

kvirgil@tribunemedia.net

A NOTED attorney yesterday confirmed “leadership issues” within the Free National Movement as he expressed hope that another convention will be held by the end of the year to put an end to the party’s internal struggles.

FNM legal advisor Michael Scott spoke out publicly against party officials “cutting our wrists in public” explaining that the opposition’s issues should be dealt with internally.

His comments came while he was a guest on Star FM’s radio show “Jeffrey” with host Jeff Lloyd. He was responding to questions from the host about the media’s reporting over power struggles in the FNM and reported dissatisfaction with party leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

Mr Scott said: “Let me put it to you this way. I don’t think that we should be as it were, cutting our wrists in public. We have our leadership issues. There are perceptions publicly and there are views expressed internally.”

“There are various factions and schools of thought (and) the leadership issue is something that is going to have to be resolved and it is best resolved internally. I have my views, others have their views, but I think that is a matter that should be left solved internally through a convention and hopefully that will come to fruition by the end of this year.”

Dr Minnis could not be reached for comment on Mr Scott’s statements.

However, when contacted, FNM Chairman Michael Pintard said there are no current plans to hold a convention this year. He declined further comment on Mr Scott’s point of view.

Meanwhile, another party official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, cautioned supporters to be careful of speculation and “mischief makers” who disseminate untruths to paint the picture of a troubled party.

“There are people who want to cause issues for the Free National Movement,” the source said. “They know this party is in the midst of gearing up to fight an enormous political battle.

“These people who are out there spewing garbage about the party are out to paint this party as unstable with a view to preventing the organisation from gaining the funding needed to win the next general election.

“While there are those who are elated to have Michael Scott as an active force in the party, he has not contributed to one iota of this party over the last three years,” the FNM source said.

“Show me where Michael Scott has assisted the FNM with the heavy lifting? Scott should sit down.”

Last month, concerns of turmoil in the party were reignited after scathing criticism about the party’s leadership came from former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson.

At the time, Mr Watson said that the FNM is not yet ready for the next general election. He further suggested that Dr Minnis was not a fully formed leader and is a “work in progress” who did not take advice from more seasoned politicians.

Not long after, FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest sought to downplay any perceived issues.

Mr Turnquest said at the time: “Unlike other political parties who seek to tamp down any public debate or obvious inside dissension under a cloud of secrecy at all costs, which often carries over into their public service lives, the FNM does not aim to do such.

“The FNM was founded on the principles of transparency and public debate to flesh out ideas to move the country forward. We, therefore, are not disturbed by Mr Frank Watson’s comments although he clearly shares a minority view in the party based upon the last convention results and current support.”

The FNM held a convention last November where Dr Minnis and then FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner went head to head for the party’s top post.

Dr Minnis won his race by a considerable margin, however there have been persistent reports since then that many party officials are unhappy with his performance.

Mr Scott was recently in the spotlight after he provided a legal opinion to the Public Accounts Committee as it continues to fight to interview Urban Renewal 2.0 Co-Chairs Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen.

Comments

proudloudandfnm 4 years, 8 months ago

It is a political party. EVERYTHING should happen in public view....

If there is another convention in November what makes anyone think the FNM stalwarts will vote any differently? They're still out there defending their vote the last time.....

The FNM DOES need a new leader. But will the stalwarts (or whatever they're called) vote the voice of it's members or will they vote how they fell like last time?

Here's a lil something for the stalwarts to consider. If there is another convention then ask yourself why there's another one. It's because the majority of the members DO NOT WANT MINNIS...

So next time ask your constituents and vote how they want....

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Well_mudda_take_sic 4 years, 8 months ago

The only reason the FNM has not been able to garner significant political capital from the many outrageously scandalous missteps of the PLP is Dr. Minnis. The same would be the case though if LBT ever succeeded him. The FNM is in dire need of a capable dynamic new leader with charismatic appeal and excellent political instincts; someone with a new face and plenty fire in the belly who was born to the tasks of leading successful political campaigns and managing as PM the affairs of our country for the benefit of all Bahamians. Time is quickly running out for the FNM to identify this individual.

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Publius 4 years, 8 months ago

FNMs are so treacherous toward one another that it's a wonder they are still even halfway functioning.

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Zakary 4 years, 8 months ago

  • FNMs are so treacherous toward one another that it's a wonder they are still even halfway functioning.

I agree.

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Reality_Check 4 years, 8 months ago

The leadership issues confronting the FNM today are a direct result of Hubert Ingraham's failure to take succession planning seriously at anytime during his stints as PM. But the FNM can take some comfort in knowing that Christie, like Ingraham, is much too self-infatuated to think seriously about identifying and grooming his successor. This is a most vexing problem for Bahamian voters!

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