By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday said she has not set her sights on becoming leader of the party.
In fact, Mrs Butler-Turner declared her unwavering support for FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis whom she described as a part of the party’s new generation of leaders.
The Long Island Member of Parliament was a guest on a local radio talk show where she responded to questions over the party’s leadership and a possible return of former FNM leader and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
She said: “A lot of people would like to see him remain in that role as an elder statesman. I think Mr Ingraham has done tremendously well in the Bahamas and certainly he will do well to continue to be an elder statesman.
“But when we talk about Dr Hubert Minnis, I think the sad thing is too many people make comparatives between him and obviously his very good friend Mr Ingraham. Their styles are totally different.
“I think the fact that he is now the leader, people need to pay attention to what he has to say and his mode of operation and allow him to grow into that role. To the best of my knowledge we all should be rallying ourselves behind the leadership of Dr Minnis.”
When asked if she would contest the leadership position at the request of supporters during the party’s next convention, she replied that it was not her focus.
“Right now I am just trying to be the best Deputy leader that I can be. We have a democratic organisation and if the convention of the Free National Movement wants to have a change in leadership they know that isn’t done until there is a convention,” Mrs Butler-Turner said.