PLP supporters at a recent rally during the campaign.
By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
DAME Marguerite Pindling told a rapt audience at Clifford Park on Friday that her husband did not choose Hubert Ingraham to be his heir – and hit out at the Prime Minister for having been “so mean” to the first leader of an independent Bahamas.
The wife of the late Sir Lynden Pindling was responding to a 1997 video shown at an FNM rally the night before, in which her husband described Mr Ingraham as his “most illustrious protégé”.
But Dame Marguerite said not only did her husband not choose Mr Ingraham as his heir, Sir Lynden also “disowned” him.
She said: “It’s completely untrue that Sir Lynden chose Ingraham to be his heir. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“The fact of the matter is that Sir Lynden put Hubert out of the PLP. He disowned him! He cast him off!
“The man Lynden Pindling picked to be his heir was Perry Gladstone Christie, and no one else.
“He never ever anointed Hubert to carry on his work. No, no, no! The man he picked for that was Perry Christie.
“And I’ll tell you something else too, Perry was also Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield’s choice to be the leader of the FNM – not Hubert.”
Lady Pindling also accused Mr Ingraham of treating Sir Lynden “badly” after the FNM won the historic 1992 election.
“If he raised you up and made you his heir, why were you then so mean to him?” she asked.
“Weren’t you the one who stood on this very park in 1992, after you’d won the election, and shouted out to the whole world: ‘The car gone… the maid gone… the cook gone’?
“Is that how you repaid the man who you say made you his heir? My husband and I had to hitch rides in 1992 after Ingraham came to power.
“When the new Parliament met, we got to the House of Assembly in a car that Dr Frank Walkine had kindly loaned to us,” she said.
“I will never forget – and I know Sir Lynden never forgot – how mean Mr Ingraham was to us back then when we were at our lowest point. It was so cruel – and so unnecessary! Mr Ingraham had already won, so why was it necessary to be so ungracious and so unkind?
“Sir Lynden was very deeply hurt by that. He really couldn’t understand it. Neither could I.
“You see, it was Sir Lynden who discovered Hubert Ingraham. The Father of the Nation, the man who had led his country to Majority Rule, the man who had lifted up poor, barefoot black Bahamians like Hubert Ingraham, had to end up fighting for his pension so he could live in dignity.”
Dame Marguerite said Sir Lynden was Perry Christie’s biggest backer and urged PLP’s to support him in the May 7 elections.
She said: “It was Pindling who made Perry his one and only heir to the mantle of leadership. Not Hubert nor anyone else.
“Hubert Ingraham, don’t let me have to come back out here to deal with you again. You might not like what I have to say next time.”