Nassau, Bahamas — Maneuvers inside the belly of the FNM confirm a power shift is imminent deep inside the governing Party of the Free National Movement. Bahamas Press can confirm the ‘UNTOUCHABLES’ Brent Symonette and Tommy Turnquest are now both taken control of Sir Cecil’s party leaving the Ingrahamites to struggle for control of the FNM.
Sources inside the FNM tell us following the outcome of the Elizabeth by-election there has been many new maneuvers taken on by a strong movement within the Party.
“We are getting ready for a ‘political bloodbath’ BP. All signs of that are imminent. You would have seen how Branville has given Hubert his walking papers and now just yesterday Carl Bethel noted strong his objection to ever returning to Ingraham’s Cabinet adding that he is a “Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield FNM”. Those comments were telling signs and evidences of what is to come and we all know it is coming soon,” a deep throat in the FNM said.
Bahamas Press notes that its was in January 2008 when Hubert Ingraham told members of the media that he will determined if he will make a run for the next general election. He then asked the press to question him on the same two years from then. Well we all know what has happened in January 2010; two year later. Ingraham orchestrated a by-election and is now fighting for a win in the Election Court.
We are told there is a movement afoot to force Ingraham to retire before the FNM’s term in government expires; however, word is Ingraham has not made up his mind as yet. Also we understand the Ingrahamites of the party are moving ranks and have sent out a warning to all Cecilites that if they move any further to oust Ingraham as leader all hell will break loose inside the FNM.
Yesterday former editor of the Freeport News and die-hard FNM Cecilite, Oswald Brown, laid the foundations for an open attack on the Ingraham administration calling the prime minister a ‘potential little dictator’. In his scathing rebuke in an letter to Bahamas Press Brown wrote:
“…The big difference between Sir Cecil and Hubert is that Sir Cecil was an honourable man; Hubert Ingraham cannot lay claim to being the same.
It is so sad that those original FNMs who are still active in the party have allowed Hubert Ingraham to turn Sir Cecil’s dream into such a political nightmare. The FNM is now totally Hubert Ingraham’s party. What he says goes. Even now, because of fear of incurring another dose of Hubert Ingraham’s wrath, Carl Bethel will not admit that he was humiliated and fired on national television by this potential little dictator. Carl, more than anyone else, should realize that the voters in Elizabeth have sent a strong message that the FNM will lose the next general election badly; after all, he was the campaign manager for his party’s candidate, and no matter what the election court decides, the message is clear that the people of this county will not run the risk of having Hubert Ingraham lead The Bahamas for another five years and totally destroy the democratic way of life that we are accustomed to.”
BP contends a split in the governing Free National Movement is possible but according to our sources in the Party it is a wait and see.