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Sands Ends Bid To Win Bain And Grants Town

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Leonard Sands

MORE than a month after he announced that he was suspending his election campaign in the Bain and Grants Town constituency, Free National Movement member Leonard Sands announced that he has officially ended his candidacy.

“There are times in life when we have to evaluate what is really most important at that time,” Mr Sands posted on his Facebook page.

“As I arrive at this place in my political life many will have much to say about my decision and many will be disappointed. I must, however, remind those persons that many are the plans of man, but it is the Lord’s will that shall prevail.”

“My fellow Bahamians, I have decided to officially end my candidacy for the Bain and Grants Town Constituency effective August 30, 2016. While there are significant personal reasons that have led me to this decision there are other reasons that are not so personal that contribute to this decision as well.

“Finally, as I end my leg of the race I am certain that there will be another to take my place in the coming months and to that person I offer my unwavering support and encouragement as the FNM seek to become the next government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.”

In July, Mr Sands told The Tribune that the continued “infighting” within the FNM as well as “personal considerations” forced him to suspend his campaign. His comments came weeks before the FNM’s contentious convention.

At the time, Mr Sands denied rumours that he suspended his campaign because of FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ leadership style.

That same month, a well-placed source in the FNM, who did not want to be named, told The Tribune that Mr Sands allegedly had problems financing his campaign, which was part of the reason for his decision. The source claimed Mr Sands had been promised campaign funding from the party.

Last September, the FNM announced that Mr Sands, an architect, had joined the party.

In a press release at the time, Mr Sands said: “I am proud to join this organisation because I am convinced that the Free National Movement is the only party that is capable of moving the Bahamian people from promise to possession.”

Comments

Sickened 5 years, 3 months ago

At this rate, the FNM may not be able to present a full slate of candidates at the next election.

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sheeprunner12 5 years, 3 months ago

You are right ......... the DNA may offer better candidates ....... Minnis may not even get 3 sitting MPs to re-nominate at this rate ....... no confidence in his leadership ............. What alternative will Bahamians have to the kleptocratic PLP?????????

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birdiestrachan 5 years, 3 months ago

"Roc with Doc" can not find people to run for his FNM party, that is why he has to hold on to Judas . The DNA is in the same boat and it is sinking. None of the Bahamas finest wants to be associated with them. Why follow those with no vision??

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Sickened 5 years, 3 months ago

You follow Perry don't you? Why do you do that? Some will argue that Perry is the best option we got - perhaps; but he is still a TERRIBLE option. A complete and utter failure to Bahamians.

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birdiestrachan 5 years, 3 months ago

The FNM representative Neely I believe his name is has also jumped ship.

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Greentea 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh Happy Day! this one was not a good candidate anyway. he certainly cannot finance a run and everybody knows you have to find the cash yourself the run. the party does very little. what is sad is that Sands and suppposedly Neely couldnt convince anyone to donate to their campaign and or couldnt raise a penny. is this the kind of folks we want in government? A broke man who enters politics is a thiefin man. Broke! in need of the party to pay their bills. Good riddance if you ask me.

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Sickened 5 years, 3 months ago

A fairly successful lawyer who enter politics is also a thiefin man. We have many examples of that at well.

Historically, it appears that ALMOST every Bahamian politician AND public servant is a thief. Very sad!

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Greentea 5 years, 3 months ago

I agree that most people who enter politics are looking to get paid. That is what we have allowed. If we check the income of politicans before and five years later most would be unable to account for their vast improvement. I mean these folks out perform stock markets by two thousand percent and expect no one to notice. There is no interest in the Bahamas or Bahamians for the majority of politicians. They are self serving narcissists who would steal Jesus's loincloth off the cross if they felt they needed it. And reason it away. It is all about them. And that is why we are in the fix we are in.

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TalRussell 5 years, 3 months ago

Comrades! Do allow me to bring some torch light to the topic at hand. Didn't the Red Movement's Papa Hubert not come right out to sungs the prime ministerial praises of his former law partner and how far behind is it before Long Island's Loretta does join the Christie choir - and maybe run for Long island as a PLP candidate? Nothing wrong with Loretta joining a new 2017 PLP cabinet, now is there?
May I dare to ask whatever in the hell happened to that "Abacoians For Loretta Club," hailing out of of Marsh Harbour? Seems Abaco has been totally erased by Loretta from her leadership's jocularity?
Sure seems likes Loretta and her coup team are either shredding to shreds, or could they be re-branding for a last minute attempt Minnis revolt? If I was Minnis, I'd load the cannons at the old Montagu fort.

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