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Countdown To Convention Begins

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Hubert Ingraham announces his resignation.

THE countdown is on to the Free National convention slated for May 26, where the party will decide its future and who the leaders of the party will be going forward.

An FNM counsel member spoke to The Tribune yesterday about who is likely to succeed Hubert Ingraham and Brent Symonette as leader and deputy leader.

Ivoine Ingraham said he would not personally speak as to who he felt should lead the party with former prime minister Ingraham no longer being at the helm.

"I'm reserving my comments on that. However, I can say that based on those who have spoken to me and what I have been hearing, there are quite a number of persons who are interested particularly in the leadership roles going into convention.

"The ones that have expressed interest are certainly credible, but honestly speaking aren't ready yet for the top leadership roles."

He said that there were also a handful of members that are desirable for the posts of leader, deputy leader and chairman but they don't want the job.

"There's no point in asking them if they don't want it but we do have a deep bench in the FNM of members with youth and experience."

"There are members like Desmond Bannister, Zhirvargo Laing, Michael Pintard just to name a few who have enormous ability in leading and being able to attract people with their energy. These are people who have been successful in their lives outside of the political area and that's what you need in a leader someone who has experience combined with energy and a natural ability to attract attention."

When asked about the FNM's only female member of parliament, Loretta Butler-Turner, new Long Island MP, he said: "It would be foolish of me and others to count her out of the race. She is definitely a major player and contender in all of this. It may not be for the leader role, perhaps deputy? But that can change."

He said he understands Darron Cash and Cassius Stuart expect to put their names forward for deputy leader.

"The FNM's future is in good hands. We have a deep bench of persons capable to lead going forward and by the time convention comes around, we will see that when the respective leaders are selected."

Comments

TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

What countdown. The fired Hubert has either become delusional or writing a children’s storybook. Understandably so considering he has so many imaginary telling experiences in his writing of the FNM's Manifestos over the years. No worry Hubert there is 60,000 hurting out of paychecks natives and the families of the 500 murdered under your FNM’s watch who will be around for a very long time to remind others daily what your real legacy stands for, including many across the Abaco’s. Whatever you’re caught up into, the real realty story that is being told is how the natives wish to God they never see you back in the FNM, ever. The May 7, 2012 votes have been cast and tallied. The Judges, the majority of natives, have made their decisions and its final. They fired you and your wretched FNM regime. Wasn’t it you who talked so much before and during the General Elections that if the natives of Centreville voted for your former, trusted law partner that he would high-tail it as their representative before his five years was up? Hubert you ran away after the FNM’s defeat in 2002 and here you are, again, running away. Yes, even Abacoians now know that you talk with “two” fork tongues. What a peep show you have become across Abaco!

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concernedcitizen 1 year, 11 months ago

once again and for the last time because its getting boring ..THE TAINO INDIANS WERE THE NATIVES ,,,,,then Columbus came ,then the Eluetherian adventures ,then the rest of us ...there are two very good books to read on the subject ,Carrabein by Mitchner and Nerosies under the sun ,,by Timothy Mccartney ,,,sorry if my spelling is not that good

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notsogullible 1 year, 11 months ago

We must pray fervently and hope that the honourable PGC gives TAL one of those jobs he promised the PLP's who voted for him. He/She really needs work to do. Oh wait! He/She may have a job - perhaps in one of those over-staffed government agencies where no work is actually done. God we must respect your wisdom in removing the honourable HAI but we truly hoped for more time where he could continue to clean up these agencies.

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bookiedread 1 year, 11 months ago

Why is TalRussell so angry. Hubert Ingraham is no longer Prime Minister so you just need to move on. What you need to be concerned about is probably your high expectations from a man who needs to consult before he makes a decision. The mark of a great leader is that he has to be strong and he does what he feels is in the best interest of the people. Christie is PM for now.

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Freeportgirl 1 year, 11 months ago

I totally agree. TalRussell obvious has some personal issues wuth the FNM. HAI is gone and PGC is in....case closed. No need to "downgrade" the FNM and its former leader. Hubert A. Ingraham is by far one of the greatest leaders we in this Bahamaland will ever see. I am POSITIVE PGC could not have done a better job during the recession than HAI did....NO WAY!!!! Leave the man alone and let him be...WE ARE MOVING FORWARD BAHAMAS!!! God Bless the Bahamas and its leaders.....And yes....I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE....

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TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

PM Christie will protect the natural resources of The Bahamaland. PM Christie believes that jobs are meant to be shared equitably by all the natives. Sure as hell differs from the "all for the foreigners" doctrine of Hubert and his old regime. Remember, he said he was flying off to tell the Chinese that there is no way in hell he will approve work permits for 5,000 of their Chinese nationals, and he flew back home after a few days of visiting the Great Wall of China to tell the natives that he had just caved into the Chinese demands for Eight-Thousand and One- Hundred Chinese workers. He wasn't good at math when he was PM Christie's law partner for 18 years and he failed in balancing the natives books as both the PM and Finance Minister. Hope Boogaloo' does his little Peep Show books for him?

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CatIslandBoy 1 year, 11 months ago

Tal Russell is just one ignorant, and digusting PLP who, even in victory, refuses to discuss the related article with a semblance of common sense. Tal, you seem to have had a personal vendetta against former Prime Minister Ingraham. The stories, and lies, that you conjure up on a daily basis can only come from a sick and depraved mind. You honestly need help. While most of us ignore your daily ranting, it just needs to be pointed out to you every once in a while that sometimes it is better to not write and be thought of as a dummy, than to write and remove all doubt.

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Freeportgirl 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree...the comments made by Tal Russell are senseless and idiotic. Get over it!!!! Geesh....

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concernedcitizen 1 year, 11 months ago

i was never into blogs before small russell..he/she is a riot .its more entertaining than a hooker ,a donkey and two circus midgets,...there may be smarter PLP bloggers but none that give you so much entertainment for free on a daily bases .he/she is so easy to get his/her waters running ..if someone went to small russells window and whispered Hubert A Ingraham all night russell would run naked to sandilands the next day .its so easy its like Pavlovs dog ,,say Ingraham tall russell salivates ,,down boy down it,ll be alright Papas not in your yard lol

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Cc 1 year, 11 months ago

Clearly, against advice I gave on another comment page, Tal Russell has STILL not gotten a life.

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TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

Lots of free dark humor on here coming from the very same people who don't think that there is anything you can say bad about PM Christie that is too bad a thing. Hubert thought he could question the honesty of his former, trusted law partner for 18 years with lies which defy common sense and decency and back it up with plastering Bahamaland with posters of his face and not one of his Candidates. Posters of FNM Candidates were not in limit production; Hubert didn’t bother to print any. Who else would have the arrogance to tell the natives that if you are one of the lucky few to have gotten your hands on a copy of the “ limit production” of the FNM regime's Manifesto, to guard it like you would your most treasured valuables? Who else would have sent his DPM Brent to Grand Bahama to lecture Grand Bahamians who were going without paychecks that they all could have jobs if just they weren’t so damn picky about refusing to take the domestic jobs so available that his FNM regime were forced to issue work permits to foreign domestics? Comrades believe me I ain’t making this stuff up, including the FNM’s claim that there would be no high food prices in Nassau if only the natives would buy pickaxes, shovels and use a homemade flat pan as your hoe to become backyard vegetable farmers.

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Philosopher_King 1 year, 11 months ago

There is no greater shame than to hate something or someone so much that it consumes your being. I too am ecstatic to see the end of Citizen Ingraham's reign of terror, and with some apprehension hope that the new administration does put Bahamians’ interest first once and for all. I now wish to focus my energies on moving on to the business of rebuilding our fractured society and the future innovative development of our nation without looking back at the regrettable mistakes of the past 10 years of both the PLP and FNM through the prism of petty tribal politics. I encourage you Mr/Mrs/Ms TalRussell to do the same; there is no more time to gloat, let's get busy with the hard work ahead as Bahamians.

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concernedcitizen 1 year, 11 months ago

Philospher -King although our politically leanings may be different you make some very good comments ,intelligent and well though out ...may we all keep who,s ever in power feet to the fire ..the treasury is our money not thiers !!!!!!!!!!!1

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TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

II would hate to give up on Hubert because I really don't believe him that this time he is gone for good. Even if it's true as long as the spineless men are sticking around who were Hubert's enablers then I have a real problem with anything with a red shirt. One only has to know how to read Hubert and you would know that he is already reconsidering if he may have just offered to resign prematurely? Comrade red shirts you throw your red rocks at be with your begging for mercy to leave Hubert alone now that the natives have spoken, yet this same man is running around to the media, even the foreign media, accusing PM Christie of paying cash for votes on election day. It matters none to him or his enables that he has no such evidence to take to the police? Here’s the deal when Hubert shuts up and his red shirt enables shut up then I like them will shut up. So, talk to the enablers first then come back and update me that they are all really gone for good? You can’t be suggesting that it’s Ok for Hubert to use the foreign media of his alleged dishonesty of his former law partner for 18 years and I can’t even talk to defend PM Christie at Shirley and Deveaux Streets? It ain’t adding up.

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concernedcitizen 1 year, 11 months ago

big yawn ....then laughter ....tal russel your guy won ?,,now how do you fell about drilling for oil ,,before you said there should never be oil drilling in the bahamas ,still feel that ??in your words " comrades i,m not making this up ""lmao

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concernedcitizen 1 year, 11 months ago

please can you get another speil ,this one was entertaining at first ,but its like watching a dog chase its tail ,funny the first time but after youv,e seen it once it becomes mundane

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