Nassau, The Bahamas: Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, current Deputy Leader and MP for Saint Cecelia, has endorsed Philip “Brave” Davis as her successor in the upcoming election of officers at the PLP convention this month. Mother Pratt made her announcement of Davis, the Member of Parliament for Cat Island and Rum Cay, during a Stalwart’s Breakfast held at the Sheraton Cable Beach Hotel this past weekend.
Pratt told scores of stalwarts gathered that the time has come for the PLP to give back to the man who has given so much to the Party.
Pratt said, “I’ve met you in this Party Brave and you’ve never asked for anything. You have given of your self to this Party over many years, and while people have come and gone, you’re still here pressing forward.”
“This country do need you. We are at a crossroad in our lives and at a crossroad in this country. People are dying, crime is escalating, respect has gone out the door long time ago where people have no concern about lives anymore and that’s why the country needs people like you,” Pratt said.
Paying tribute to the life of Sir Clement T. Maynard, Davis said, “He was a giant among men and in the tradition of the PLP he did much to advance the right of the average Bahamian. He served as deputy leader of our party and Deputy Prime Minister of our country. I am grateful for the support and counsel during my frontline political career.”
Calling on all PLPs to become a family once again, Davis reminded Stalwarts of the time when PLPs were unbreakable.
“PLPs, there was once a time when we operated as a family. There was a time when the camaraderie amongst us was unbreakable and undeniable. We were united and strong and it showed. There was nothing that we could not achieve together. There was no obstacle that was too great when we faced it together.
“Those were the days when the struggles for this country captured our full focus and we would sacrifice everything to advance the movement of change all across this Bahamas,” Davis said.
Highlighting the PLP’s accomplishments in its march to build a better Bahamas, Davis saluted builders of the Party including Sir Lynden and Sir Clement.
“With countless more of you, we marched forward. We advanced and we changed the Bahamas and we did it together!
“PLPs, with a list of accomplishments so long as ours, as a Party that has marched this country so far, it is easy for us to think that we have marched far enough. It’s easy for us to tire and tell the Bahamas we can march no more. PLPs, we still have further to go,” he said.
Pointing his attention to national concerns, Davis decried the level crime has escalated in the country.
“The Bahamas is in a fight for its very existence. Crime has gotten to a point where our murder rate is more than 4 times higher than that of the United States!
“Everyday there are reports of heinous, brazen murders – every murder seemingly more inhuman and colder than the one before. Our people are getting killed as they try to live their lives as best as they can, our Bahamas is slipping away,” he said.
Turing his attention to the Economy, Davis said that this is no time for smooth talking, “Cotton-candy politics is over. It’s time to get work! Our country today is in trouble!
“Our economy is going down the tube. Unemployment is around 17% and going up every day. What is going on in this country?”
“Our country has become directionless and our Captain bankrupt. How could a country decide to spend 6 million dollars according to them, to host a pageant, borrowed 160 Million dollars to pave roads using only two companies. One of these companies is from Argentina,” he said.
Davis pointed to the hunger by people across the country who are looking for Change. He noted, “Taxi-drivers, the straw vendors, the business community, young Bahamians looking to buy their first home, and our young people in need of positive programs are counting on the PLP.”
Unveiling his Platform to modernize and restructure the Party at the morning breakfast Davis added, “I am prepared to work with the Party’s Chairperson, Leader and leadership team to bring about a stronger more unified and well-oiled political machine.”