Christie Says This Is His Last Nomination For Centreville

Prime Minister Perry Christie - the PLP candidate for Centreville - alongside his wife, Bernadette, and John “Chippy” Chipman at Centreville Primary School. 
Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff

Prime Minister Perry Christie - the PLP candidate for Centreville - alongside his wife, Bernadette, and John “Chippy” Chipman at Centreville Primary School. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff


Tribune Chief Reporter


PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday declared that his nomination for Centreville marked his final bid for the constituency amidst attacks from opposition candidates, who railed against his record as the area’s representative for the past four decades.

Pointing to today’s soft launch of the Baha Mar resort, Mr Christie said he was satisfied that his administration’s plan was working despite naysayers and added that it was important to note his admission that there was still “lots to do.”

He told reporters at Centreville Primary School that it was “amazing” to see the extent to which opposition groups are begging for support in contrast to the “natural flow and commitment” of people to the Progressive Liberal Party.

“Tomorrow (Friday) I will stand and herald the opening of Baha Mar and whatever is said, by whomsoever, the fact of the

matter is thousands of Bahamians have a new opportunity for sustainable jobs with a world-leading tourist company that is the developer, and will be the operator with Hyatt.

“And so whatever one wants to say I am so satisfied that in the five years we have had, we have acquitted ourselves and we have admitted that there is still lots to do. And that is the most important point, wherever I go I concede that listen we could only do so much in the five years.

“Yes there is much more to be done,” he said, “yes there are people who are hurting, yes there are people who are unemployed, but we have a plan and the plan is working and the plan will continue to work.”

Nominations moved smoothly at Centreville Primary with the Free National Movement’s candidate, Reece Chipman, being the first to declare his assets and pay the $400 fee.

Flanked by dozens of supporters, Mr Chipman said his candidacy was not a fight with Mr Christie, but against a dysfunctional system in a bid to bring empowerment and esteem to the community.

He insisted that the incumbent was “finished,” and that residents were ready for change after 40 years of no advancement.

“This is about moving forward and making it better for our children,” Mr Chipman told reporters.

He continued: “This is about community relationships and making sure that we as Bahamians are able to bring forward better air quality, better water quality, for our children so that we could maximise our potential in a country that belongs to us.”

“It’s the people’s time. They’re going to the booth to vote for themselves and when they look on that ballot box and they don’t see themselves they will pick the next best thing for them, and that’s Reece Chipman.”

He added: “We want people that believe in themselves. I’m bringing back empowerment into our community, to Centreville. We want our people to be believers in themselves and this country. Christie has been here for 40 years. We have lost two generations to a system that he himself was responsible for. He needs to go, bye bye Mr Christie.”

While Mr Chipman was vehement about the need to unseat Mr Christie, his grandfather, renowned cultural icon and legendary drummer John “Chippie” Chipman, stood proudly in support of his opponent.

Mr Chipman was honoured by the Christie administration in 2014 when they renamed the street where he lived after him.

To this, Mr Christie said: “His grandson is a candidate against me and do you see what he has done today, it is an extraordinary statement of support for my candidacy, for my legacy really, to have such support and such strong expression from this man John Chipman.”

For his part, Mr Christie told reporters that the day was an historic one, reflecting on his “wonderful time” and the extraordinary support he has received over the years; a phenomenon he forecast would secure his victory at the polls on May 10.

“Today is a very historic day in that this would be the final time that I nominate for the Centreville constituency,” he said.

His admission was met with a playful retort of “hallelujah” from his wife Bernadette, who feigned relief over the prospect.

“I’ve had I think by any accounts a wonderful, wonderful time as the representative,” Mr Christie continued, “I’ve had extraordinary support from the people of Centreville, notwithstanding the various changes that took place in the constituency.

Mr Christie said: “Today I’m really expressing my gratitude to the people because I expect that they will continue with my representation.”

The incumbent MP said he was “particularly gratified” by the outpouring of support for his party throughout the country, recalling the party’s rally in North Andros on Wednesday night.

The Centreville seat will be well contested as representatives from six parties and one independent were nominated.

Other candidates nominated yesterday include: Celi Moss, Democratic National Alliance; Bishop James Darling, Bahamas Constitution Party; Frederick Sawyer, God’s People Party; Lorraine Arthur, Bahamas National Coalition Party; and Independent candidate, preacher Harold K Ward.

Mr Sawyer lamented that persons were on the PLP’s motorcade “carrying on bad” despite the degradation of the area over the course of Mr Christie’s tenure.

He attributed the support to free liquor and paraphernalia, and insisted that God was going to make a change.

Mr Moss, the DNA’s candidate said: “If you can’t fix one constituency, how can you run a country?

“Just look at it, people are using outside toilets around here.

“Shame on Mr Christie. Bridge of the future, I think not. No matter how much you dye your hair, Mr Christie.”


Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year, 2 months ago

There are a number of private bankers and lawyers, both within and outside our country, who should get easily ensnared in a Royal Commission of Enquiry aimed at not only investigating the corrupt dealings of Christie and his cronies, but also clawing back for Bahamians the untold millions of dollars of unjust enrichment showered on the very select few. Bernadette had better think twice before her next shopping binge in Atlanta, New York, London or Paris......she would be wise to remember what happened to the thousands of pairs of shoes Remelda Marcos had to give up!


sheeprunner12 1 year, 2 months ago

BOL ........... Does anyone really believe that Bernie is seriously looking forward to Christie retiring????? ............ She probably wants him dead, so she can flaunt her ill-gotten gains


Sickened 1 year, 2 months ago

Trust me Chippy is voting for his grandson. Plenty people grinnin' up in Christie's face these days - the handouts are immense.


Sickened 1 year, 2 months ago

So he won't run in Centreville anymore. I wonder which constituency he's looking at for 2022?


Craig 1 year, 2 months ago

Perry looks so tired in that photo!!


sheeprunner12 1 year, 2 months ago

BOL ........... that picture is a perfect image of despair and defeat


licks2 1 year, 2 months ago

Our PM looks so beat-out and haggard. . . his handlers are propping up a man who should have long been retired and chillin! I wonder if he knows what going on around him. . .


SP 1 year, 2 months ago

Is This The "Last Nomination" As The Last One Or Is This A New "Last Nomination"?

He said the same thing in 2012! Next he'll be telling us how much he "Believes In Bahamians".

What fool is fool enough to believes anything out of Perry Christie's mouth???


sheeprunner12 1 year, 2 months ago

Do you remember when Perry created the "new PLP" back in 2002??? ...... and where did that get us??????? .......... Perry just needs to hurry up and die.


sheeprunner12 1 year, 2 months ago

Are we also seeing his successor (peeking over his shoulder)??????????? ....... the teefin lackey


John 1 year, 2 months ago

Never in their wildest dreams did Christie dem expect to see so many thousands and thousands of Bahamians supporting the FNM. And it happened in such a covert way when the people rose up so strong and so peacefully defiant there's very little the PLP can do at this late hour. Except play dirty. And so now all eyes must remain open and be watchful, ears must be tuned to every plot of mischief and crookedness, but hands must remain strong but stay clean. And so the work of cleansing can be completed.


birdiestrachan 1 year, 2 months ago

Mrs: Christie is a lawyer as well as a CPA She has earned her own money. If you folks were able to speak the truth some times people may believe you when you lie. Death will come to all, so why wish death for others. Mean spirited and nasty is what that is all about.


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