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Minnis reveals more candidates

Gibson, Foulkes to run on FNM ticket
  • The Free National Movement (FNM) revealed the candidates for a number of constituencies during a meeting at Doris Johnson Senior High School last night. Cutting the celebratory cake during the event were (from left) FNM candidate for Elizabeth Dr. Duane Sands; FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis; FNM candidate for Fox Hill Shonel Ferguson, and FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest Photo: Ahvia J. Campbell

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Feb 10, 2016

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Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis last night revealed Kenyatta Gibson as the party’s “future representative” for Golden Isles and Michael Foulkes as the FNM’s “future representative” for Golden Gates.

Minnis also revealed that Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre Rollins is tipped to receive the FNM’s nomination for Fort Charlotte, and Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells is also expected to run in the constituency he currently represents.

Minnis introduced the two as the “current and future representatives” for those constituencies.

Rollins and Wells, formerly Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) MPs, joined the FNM in November 2015.

Speaking at a meeting in Fox Hill, the FNM leader also revealed North Eleuthera MP Theo Neilly and St. Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman will also get the nod again for those areas.

Minnis spoke during the party’s introduction of Dr. Duane Sands as the candidate for Elizabeth and Shonel Ferguson for Fox Hill.

As FNM supporters cheered him on, Minnis declared, “Here is your future representative for Golden Isles, Kenyatta Gibson.

“Then we have a man who will move Shane Gibson. When he

comes rolling, he is rolling. I call none other than Michael Foulkes.”

Foulkes is the party’s secretary general.

Gibson, a former PLP MP, joined the FNM in 2009. He ran in Southern Shores in 2012, but lost to the PLP’s Kenred Dorsett.

The FNM’s Central Council has only officially ratified eight candidates.

Minnis urged FNM supporters to register and “hit the streets and visit every home, every church, every bar and every park”.

“Tonight, I am once again honored to be with the people of Fox Hill and Elizabeth,” Minnis told a crowd of supporters at Doris Johnson Senior High School.

“I say to you Fox Hill that you were with us in 1997 and we want you back. Like the song says, oh baby give me one more chance.”

Dozens of supporters jumped to their feet, cheering Minnis on.

“Give me one more chance to show you that I love you,” Minnis roared.

“I was blind to let you go, but now, now I can see. I see you in these arms. For God’s sake come back.

“Nineteen ninety seven is gone and 2017 is coming. Tell [Fox Hill MP] Fred Mitchell that he is gone.

“I love you Fox Hill. Do you love me?”

Both Ferguson and Sands lost in the 2012 general election.

This is the second time Ferguson will run for the FNM in Fox Hill and the third time Sands will do battle in Elizabeth.

Minnis told supporters that the country needs change and with him and the FNM, change will come.

“Make no mistake about it,” he said.

“Tell the PLP and all the doubters; tell all the naysayers and unbelievers that change is coming.

“At no time in our history have Bahamians been more ready for change than at this very moment.

“[Prime Minister] Perry Christie and this PLP [have] without a doubt been the worst government in the history of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

“They are the most ‘wutless’ government we have ever seen, the most victimizing government we’ve ever seen. The most scandalous government we’ve ever seen.

“They have failed to diversify our economy; failed to finish Baha Mar; failed to reduce unemployment.

“What has been their solution? Carnival party. Thanks to this good for nothing PLP government we have high value-added tax (VAT), more borrowing, uncontrolled spending and nothing to show for it.”

Both Sands and Ferguson asked supporters to “come with them” and support the FNM.

“This is a moment for us FNMs,” Sands said.

“This is our time. We cannot afford to be weary. We cannot afford to be faint. We must bind together. Let us rally around the leader and let us rally around each other. We have a country to save.”

Sands charged that Elizabeth MP and former Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder abandoned the people in his constituency when he resigned from the Christie Cabinet to take up a “mind blowing offer” at a private bank in 2014.

“The person who represents Elizabeth recognized that the captain and his mates were incompetent,” Sands said.

“That crew member for Elizabeth, he was a senior Cabinet minister, and he broke off running and left you all to fend for yourselves.”

The FNM has also ratified Leonard Sands for Bain and Grants Town; Don Saunders for Tall Pines; Halson Moultrie for Nassau Village; Frankie Campbell for Southern Shores; Zendal Forbes for Central and South Andros, and Howard Johnson for South Beach.

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