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Sears Confident Of Win In Plp Leadership Race

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Alfred Sears and Prime Minister Perry Christie.

By SANCHESKA DORSETT

Tribune Staff Reporter

sdorsett@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Attorney General and Progressive Liberal Party candidate for Fort Charlotte Alfred Sears, QC, said he is “more than confident” he will defeat Prime Minister Perry Christie and emerge leader of the PLP at the party’s November convention.

In an interview with The Tribune, Mr Sears said after meeting with stalwarts and branch executives his support has grown exponentially and he has been assured that he will be the next leader of the PLP and the country’s next prime minister.

His comments came after he ended his “listening” tour in Abaco over the weekend. Mr Sears said the people he met there were “excited” about his vision and welcomed him warmly, while embracing his change agenda and assuring him of their support.

He said the stalwarts expressed a concern about a lack of sustained engagement by the PLP other than at election time and the need to ensure that the constitutional structure of the party is operational.

“I was very, very well received, without a doubt my support is growing. I am more confident that I will win, there is no question,” Mr Sears said.

“I am more encouraged and inspired after speaking with those on the ground. There is a concern among the stalwarts that the party needs new vision and there needs to be more respect shown to them and the democratic structures of the party. They feel as though there is no formal mechanism to keep the leadership accountable and make any input in the direction of the party. So I assured them that I will engage them regularly and put the structure in place that is needed.”

Last week, two senior Progressive PLP Cabinet ministers told The Tribune they were certain that Mr Christie will emerge undefeated at the convention.

Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister V Alfred Gray insisted that the prime minister was “entrenched” in the party’s top post and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said while it is good for people to see democracy at work during the convention where all posts will be open for challenge, she was “quite sure” and “firm” that Mr Christie will win hands down.

In response to those who doubt his ability to win, Mr Sears said: “It is not what they say, it is what I will do. I am not concerned about the noise in the market. I will win.

“It is not what people say, it is what the constitution requires. Every position is vacant at the convention and so anyone who wants to vie for leadership, the constitution gives them that right. If those people want to put their ideas forward and let the councillors weigh in then that is also their right.”

So far, only Mr Sears has announced his intent to challenge Mr Christie.

The upcoming convention will be the first the PLP has held since 2009, although the party’s constitution mandates that such an event be held every year.

Comments

sheeprunner12 3 years, 9 months ago

Sears will win PLP leadership ............ if all of the senior-citizen stalwart councilors die before the convention

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Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 9 months ago

It's going to be a contest of who can get the racketeering numbers bosses to give the most money to the senior-citizen stalwart councilors in exchange for their support. Will it be the corrupt Christie or the johnny come lately equally corrupt Sears? Both men have sold their souls to the likes of Sebas Bastian and Craig Flowers.

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realfreethinker 3 years, 9 months ago

I thought only perry was delusional. That disease is rampant in the plp aye? Sheeprunner12 I agree with you

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The_Oracle 3 years, 9 months ago

Rigging in that party election will put the "regularized" rigging of General elections to shame!

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Emac 3 years, 9 months ago

Doesn't matter who leads the party. Nothing will change. The PLP will always be the PLP. As long as this organization exists, the Bahamas will keep sliding backward. But whatever, If God sent his only son to earth, again to lead the PLP, I still wouldn't believe a dam thing they say. So there!

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PLPSavages 3 years, 9 months ago

Sears is thinking long game. He knows that best case Christie has only max 1 full term left if that. So he's drum up his political worth so that when the time comes for Christie to fade off the scene he (Sears) becomes the top contender. Poor Brave and the other clueless aspiring leaders in the PLP do not see what's happening.

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realfreethinker 3 years, 9 months ago

plpsavages what term are you talking about. I hope you mean as plp leader,because you cant be talking about being pm

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 9 months ago

It will be interesting to see who will be on the Sears' ticket in the PLP convention (for all party posts) ......... or is Sears a one-man gang???? Sears should have already announced his running slate for PLP leadership (leader, deputy, chairman, treasurer etc.) ........ the mere fact that he has not, seems that this is not a serious challenge to Perry (just an election ploy)

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