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Minister: GB still FNM country

Despite the economic hardship being experienced by Grand Bahama residents, they are still supporters of the Free National Movement(FNM), Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant said yesterday.

“The people of Grand Bahama appreciate that we are not immune to what is happening in the world and they respect that. They are also aware that we are a government that is most appreciative of the support that Grand Bahama has given us from time immemorial,”said Grant, who was a guest on the Star 106.5 FM talk show’Jeffrey’, hosted by Jeffrey Lloyd.

Grant recalled that in 2002, a general election the FNM lost, the party won three of the six parliamentary seats in Grand Bahama. Five years later, the FNM captured five of the six Grand Bahama seats. Grant represents the Lucaya constituency, which is in Grand Bahama.

“They know we care. They know we appreciate them and seek to bring relief to them in the shortest time possible,”he said.

Grant’s remarks came after the Progressive Liberal Party(PLP)conclave on Grand Bahama, which ended Friday.

The PLP has started campaigning early this election season in an effort to replace the FNM when the next general election is called.

“We are trying to get our candidates out because we understand that representation is even more complex–people are expecting more from their representatives and expecting them to be a part of a new vision for their country,”PLP leader Perry Christie toldThe Nassau Guardianin a recent interview.

The PLP has ratified 14 candidates thus far for the next general election, its leadership has started a national listening tour, and it has started running newspaper ads criticizing the FNM.

Yesterday, Grant disclosed that he would be delighted to represent the Lucaya constituency for another five-year term if it is the will of the people.

“There are some things that I would wish to complete with and for them. I say to people all the time that I am the MP for Lucaya and the Minister of Public Works and Transport working for the Bahamian people and on behalf of the wonderful people of Lucaya,”he said.

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