Fnm Chairman: Butler-Turner Knew She Was Going To Lose

Loretta Butler-Turner speaks on Friday.

Loretta Butler-Turner speaks on Friday.


Sidney Collie at the FNM Convention.


Tribune Staff Reporter


PARTY Chairman Sidney Collie said Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner did not withdraw from the Free National Movement’s leadership race because the process was “corrupt” but because she knew “the tide was against her” and she could not win.

Mr Collie told The Tribune that Mrs Butler-Turner put on the “best show that she could” but she knew after giving her speech on the second night of the FNM’s convention last week “her leadership race was over”.

Mrs Butler-Turner’s hour-long speech on Thursday night ended with angry Dr Hubert Minnis supporters chanting “Roc wit Doc” in an attempt to force her from the podium.

At one point during her speech, Mrs Butler-Turner also called for FNM parliamentarians, senators and candidates to join her on stage in a show of solidarity. However, only her running mate for deputy leader, Dr Duane Sands, stood by her side.

In his address to FNM supporters minutes after Mrs Butler-Turner, FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest publicly criticised her for being “disrespectful” for running beyond her allotted 25 minutes for her speech.

In a surprise turn of events hours later, around 2am, Mrs Butler-Turner and Dr Sands withdrew from the leadership race.

In a press conference on Friday afternoon, Mrs Butler-Turner said her decision to quit was based on two reasons - “a process full of irregularities and deep structural issues” and Mr Turnquest’s public rebuke of her.

However, Mr Collie said there was no corruption of the process and “every one” of Mrs Butler-Turner’s concerns were addressed before the convention.

“The tide was against her. She put on the best show she could but it was not enough. I understand what she went through. I ran twice, won once and lost once,” Mr Collie said.

“It was clear when she called her own members and others to join her on the platform and no one showed up that it was over. That was the moment of truth for her. I must say, she did well to finish her speech regardless of what she was feeling.

“The hall erupted into ‘Roc wit Doc’ and no one told them to do that; the tide was just against her. Her people gave her advice and she ran with it. It had nothing to do with the process. She knew it was over the minute she started her speech.”

Despite the “bad blood” before and during the convention, Mr Collie said he fully supports Mrs Butler-Turner and is advocating for her to have a leadership role in the party.

“Mrs Butler-Turner has become an integral part of this team and the full force of the party is behind her. There is a leadership role for her to play,” Mr Collie said.

“Not as leader or deputy but she has a strong voice in the party and we embrace her 110 per cent. Whatever bad blood we had going into the party convention it is done and now we are in a place of forgiveness.”

Mr Collie said “a unified FNM will stand together with Dr Hubert Minnis as our leader as the party positions itself to win the general elections and form the next government of the Bahamas”.


proudloudandfnm 3 years, 1 month ago

The country knew she was going to lose before the convention started.

So why did Minnis and Collie cheat?

No matter how you look at it. That FNM was convention was Minnis' greatest failure.....

Let's all pray Hubert Minnis is never PM.....


JustSo 3 years, 1 month ago

Enlighten us how they cheated


killemwitdakno 3 years, 1 month ago

They must have been scared of that switch up on the ballots. There were more neutral shirts than Roc with Doc shirts. Some wearing Roc with Doc shirts the first day were shouting for LBT the next.

Even now they have to make it sound like Minnis' support isn't new. New like the last hour overtake in the tribune poll in '14.



licks2 3 years, 1 month ago

And I ask again. . .HOW DID HE CHEAT?


birdiestrachan 3 years, 1 month ago

If collie is the best the FNM has to offer. The FNM is in deep trouble.


ThisIsOurs 3 years, 1 month ago

Her reason for withdrawing made no sense. During her campaign she gave us a litany of things that she said people said about her and she examined and addressed if necessary, including being overweight. In that light, quitting because someone said you have to "show respect" makes absolutely no sense. Actually Peter Turnquest's outburst made no sense either. Double nonsense


SP 3 years, 1 month ago

................... Will Somebody Please Explain How Dr. Minnis Cheated .......................

Just saying Doc cheated is the same smoke and mirror tactic as saying he can't lead even after he cut BLT crew of idiots ass's.....AGAIN!

Looks like he's leading just fine!


Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 1 month ago

Between what the FNM council members (delegates) were promised by Minnis, and what certain of them received from the PLP (compliments of Bradley Roberts), the deck was amply stacked to ensure LBT stood no chance at the convention. Christie is of course most appreciative of the fact that he has a much easier way forward to another five year term by going up against a total non-starter for the vast majority of Bahamian voters, i.e. Minnis. And Lightbourn should be made to resign his seat for flying his true colour(s).....what a racist he is!


licks2 3 years, 1 month ago



Reality_Check 3 years, 1 month ago

The mere fact that you would ask the question against the backdrop of what is already publicly well known says all there is to know about you. I suspect Well_mudda accepts the maxim that no one need answer to anyone incapable of listening to anything except what they want to hear.


John 3 years, 1 month ago

Lorretta needs to stop carrying on like a spoiled child and also letting other people push her of bridges then they, themselves, don't jump. The FNM needs to come together and expand it tent not be fighting among each other. And based on what a former prime minister is quoted as saying, seems like he is endorsing the current prime minister. Perry Christie, for another term. August has come, like many deadlines set by Christie, yet Bah Mar remains as idle as a tomb in a family island grave yard.


licks2 3 years, 1 month ago

No. . .he is right. . .the PLP has nobody that it can readily present to the people for PM! Who do you find in that party that can come and ask us to give them one more time and we will not throw the kitchen sink at them faster than we will do so with PC?


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