DNA leader Branville McCartney.
Yes, a coalition would win the election.
No, a coalition would NOT win the election.
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By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday confirmed he had been approached “several times” by senior members within the Free National Movement, as well as sitting FNM MPs, to join the official opposition.
Mr McCartney said while the DNA will never “fold up” and join a “sinking FNM” he proposed for the two parties to “join forces and work together” to oust the Progressive Liberal Party government.
However, Mr McCartney said FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis “is so full of himself and bad at politics” that he refused the offer unless the DNA disbands – something the DNA leader said “will never happen”.
“The FNM is in the worst state they have ever been in. They have lost traction, they don’t have any money and they don’t want their leader,” Mr McCartney said.
“They have a leader who lost five senators in the last four years, a leader who no one wants, a leader who let the PLP grab his testicles, tie them together and wrap them around his back. Dr Minnis cannot keep his party together and they want the DNA to join them.”
“We have been approached but the bottom line is the DNA will not fold up,” he said.
“I am not going to the FNM but I gave them a scenario where accommodations can me made. Why would we disband the DNA when the DNA is stronger than the FNM? At the rate the FNM is going, the FNM will be the third party after this election. The DNA joining the FNM is like asking someone to change decks on the Titanic.”
Mr McCartney said he is open to discussing a coalition between the FNM and the DNA in order to get the PLP out.
“We have had some conversation with members of the FNM but ultimately the leader makes the final decision,” he said.
“If the FNM is smart and really wants to beat the PLP they would have a real conversation about this. We are open to this, we have spoken about this, but Dr Minnis seems to be stuck on stupid. He is not in his right mind if he thinks he can win on his own.”
Mr McCartney said: “Together, we would be the worst nightmare for the PLP and we are willing to do what it takes to rid the country of the PLP.”
Excluding Mr McCartney and DNA Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer - who are expected to challenge Bamboo Town and Nassau Village respectively - the DNA has now confirmed six candidates for the next election.
In late February, the DNA announced that Podestra Moore would be the party’s standard-bearer in Elizabeth and spokesperson for social services and women’s affairs. Emily Williams was ratified for Marathon and named spokesperson for culture.
Additionally, Bushceme Armbrister was introduced as the candidate in Carmichael and party spokesperson for transport, while Brenda Harris was ratified as the DNA’s candidate for Bain and Grants Town and named spokesperson for financial services.