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Davis Now Happy To Take On Challengers

PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis.

PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis.

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis pivoted last night from rhetoric discouraging a challenge to his leadership team at the upcoming PLP convention.

He directly acknowledged the looming challenge of Obie Wilchcombe for the first time and said the former West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP should run if he believes he could offer what the current team cannot.

The Tribune reported last week that Mr Davis told nearly 200 stalwart councillors in Grand Bahama last month that he wanted no challenges to his team, which includes Chester Cooper as deputy leader, Fred Mitchell as chairman and Robyn Lynes as deputy chairman. His remark was a signal to Mr Wilchcombe who has been eying another run for party chairman.

Critics, nonetheless, blasted his plea as undemocratic.

The Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP returned last night to Grand Bahama, the bedrock of Mr Wilchcombe’s support in the party, with a different message.

“I want everyone who is here,” he said, “those who may be supporting Obie, those who may be supporting anyone else, just let me say it clear and loud, whoever wants to run for any position should run. This is the time, at convention, to sort these things out. This team, Brave’s team, we are feeling really good about the party’s progress with the Deputy Leader Chester Cooper, with the chairman, Senator Fred Mitchell and with our Deputy Chairperson Robyn Lynes. We feel good about the party’s progress. These are exciting times. We rather not interrupt the momentum of a party that is growing and is on the move but if Obie wants to make an argument about why that interruption is necessary and worthwhile, he should do so.”

He continued: “(Obie) asked me about running and I told him I don’t see that he has the support and that continues to be the case. I rather spare him another loss but no one is gonna stand in his way of ambition. I just want every PLP and stalwart councillor to realise that the party is progressing, the party is moving and the party is on the way to victory. It is my view, you may have a different view but it is my view, that it is not time to interrupt that progress, it is not time to interrupt that growth, it is not time to change mates on the SS PLP and that is my view and I wish to persuade you that that is the view that you too should take.”

Mr Wilchcombe’s potential challenge has caused tension in the PLP. The former tourism minister received 208 fewer votes than Mr Mitchell when he ran for chairman in 2017 and some believe he poses a greater challenge this time. In response, Mr Davis and his allies have sought to make the chairmanship race a test of loyalty to Mr Davis, often reminding people that the chairman must be someone the leader is comfortable working with.

“The question,” Mr Davis said last night, “is at this time, are the team members each working well with each other, and the answer is yes, that is happening. As your leader I say to you the team is working and I am satisfied with that team, and that’s all I come to tell ya.”

The PLP convention will be held July 25 - 26.

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Davis told all challengers to put up or shut up. In other words, they must be willing to write a personal cheque payable to the PLP for a large minimum amount to help with deperately needed financial support. LMAO

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birdiestrachan 1 month, 3 weeks ago

They have the right to challenge. But they will not win.

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Tarzan 1 month, 3 weeks ago

You are correct. The PLP will stick to the old and corrupt gang including Cuba Fred.

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Sickened 1 month, 3 weeks ago

We know who's running this show. F. Mitchell. He's telling everyone not to challenge and now making Davis look like a fool for changing his mind. That's already one jook in Davis' back from his loyal servant Fred. Lol!

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proudloudandfnm 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I pray daily we never ever see a PM Brave Davies. I have absolutely no doubt he'd be as witless as perry, the tiefin and conspiring that would go on under him would be jes like what we just got rid of. Time for the PLP to fade out now, this party will never change it will always be corrupt and incompetent and just plain bad for the country. Brave is the worst they can offer but he is the leader, the PLP will never change.....

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joeblow 1 month, 3 weeks ago

No person with a semblance of decency and a conscience would show their face in public after the cut behind they got at the polls last election much less want to be party leader. But that's "brave".

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birdiestrachan 1 month, 3 weeks ago

urbane renewal. BAMASI. and even a musical festival , University of the Bahamas and the hard work to open BAH MAR were all visionary ideas. But can any one really expect the peoples time voters to see or acknowledge these facts,

But they repeat like parrots Corruption. with no evidence except they heard it some place,

looking for corruption see the post office, OBAN and the contract giving to Hanna, 9000 for rent when there are a shortage of beds in the hospital. 60 % increase in VAT when they lied and said VAT was bad, It is all corruption

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birdiestrachan 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The FNM papa sold BTC . And what a mess it is. What has the FNM done to advance the Bahamas and its people expect to break the backs of the poor with taxes.

The FNM has nothing to stand on expect make the rich richer and the poor who cares?

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