|Ingraham confirms resignation still on|
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Jul 17, 2012
Retiring North Abaco MP Hubert Ingraham wrapped up a farewell tour of his constituency last night ahead of his resignation from the House of Assembly on Thursday.
The former prime minister and past leader of the Free National Movement (FNM) told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that he began visiting constituents on Friday and planned to host a final meeting with some of them in Murphy Town last night.
The Nassau Guardian understands that the event was also a part of the FNM’s campaign for the upcoming by-election in the area, which must be held within 60 days after Ingraham formally resigns.
“I’m just having a little reception for some of my constituents to say farewell to them up in the Dundas, Murphy, Central Pines area,” Ingraham said yesterday, speaking to The Nassau Guardian from Abaco.
“I was in Grand Cay yesterday and I have been to Cooper’s Town, Green Turtle Cay [and] to Little Abaco since this is my last week before I put my resignation in on Thursday.
“This is my farewell political tour.”
FNM leader Dr. Hubert Minnis flew to Abaco yesterday for the party.
The FNM’s Central Council is considering four men for the FNM’s North Abaco candidate selection: Greg Gomez, Cay Mills, Jackson McIntosh and Perry Thomas.
On Monday, The Nassau Guardian revealed that Gomez did not meet the constitutional requirement to run for public office because he lived in the United States for several years.
Minnis said Gomez returned to The Bahamas last August. The constitution requires that a person be an ordinary resident of the country for at least a year before he or she is eligible to be elected to the House of Assembly.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) plans to run Renardo Curry, who lost to Ingraham in the recent general election.
After the FNM’s defeat on May 7, Ingraham announced that he would step down as leader of the party and not take his seat in Parliament.
However, he later decided to delay his resignation from the House until July 19, the anniversary of his first election to Parliament.
Ingraham won his seat in Parliament eight consecutive times — once as an independent, twice as a PLP and five times as an FNM.
He served as prime minister for three non-consecutive terms.
He told The Nassau Guardian in an earlier interview that he will spend his retirement from public office fishing, with family and operating his law firm.