|FNM financially prepared to contest by-election|
Royston Jones Jr.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Sep 19, 2012
Though the Free National Movement (FNM) found itself more than $1 million in debt after it lost the last general election, Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday said the party’s financial position has improved to the point where it will be able to comfortably contest the upcoming North Abaco by-election.
“If the election was called tomorrow we would [be] prepared,” said Minnis, who didn’t give specifics about the party’s current debt level.
The North Abaco by-election will be held on October 15 to fill the seat of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, whose resignation from the House of Assembly took effect on August 31.
Greg Gomez, the FNM’s candidate for North Abaco, will run against Bahamas Constitution Party Servant Leader Ali McIntosh and Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate Renardo Curry, who lost to Ingraham by nearly 400 votes in the May 7 general election.
Minnis, who has made several trips to North Abaco over the past few months to campaign, said he will return today to continue work on the ground.
Christie yesterday admitted that he has not visited that constituency since the general election because he has been too busy with prime ministerial duties.
He said he plans to return as early as today.
Minnis said it was about time Christie made his way back to North Abaco.
“I’m finally happy to hear the prime minister is going to see what North Abaco looks like,” Minnis said.
“I would like for him to go and drive throughout Abaco, but before he leaves for Abaco he should go and visit his own constituency...he could move some of the outdoor toilets that he has in his constituency that do not exist in Abaco.
“I hope that he travels... throughout Abaco so that he can take back to his constituency what he should have done [in his constituency] some time ago.”
Christie previously told The Nassau Guardian he intended to personally make the case to North Abaconians why they should vote for Curry.
Minnis said the people of North Abaco will no go backward after so many years of prosperity under Ingraham and the FNM.