Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the absence of any official communication from Cabinet or Buckingham Palace that veteran politician C.A. Smith has been appointed governor general raises serious concerns.
In a video that was recently posted on social media, Smith notified a small group about his recent resignation as ambassador to Panama and five other countries, adding that he was to become governor general after Queen Elizabeth II appointed him.
“C.A. Smith also said that his appointment was approved by Buckingham Palace,” Davis said during a press conference at the PLP Headquarters.
However, Davis said his sources tell him no official appointment has been made as yet.
He added that it was “therefore of great concern to us”.
When asked who told him the appointment had not yet happened, Davis said, “My sources would’ve told me and I would not have told you, I would not have said that, if it were not true.”
Davis said the government needs to “revisit the matter” of Smith’s appointment to the position.
On Monday, Smith issued a public apology after the video went viral on social media.
“I extend sincerest apologies to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and to the Most Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and the government for any embarrassment or inconvenience resulting from this unintended breach of protocol,” Smith said.
Yesterday, Davis said the apology did not take into account “the mistake on his part”, noting that Smith needs to offer the public “some reasonable explanation for why he would’ve said what he said”.
He said, “In other words, if, for example, the prime minister were to tell him, ‘Look, I got the answer from Buckingham.’
“…And he’s repeating the prime minister, then I would’ve been able to excuse him and go after the prime minister but on the face of it we know that that has not happened as yet.”
Asked if the prime minister should have already weighed in on the matter, Davis said, “Of course he ought to have.”
In the video, Smith said his swearing in ceremony will take place on the last Friday of June in Nassau and informed those in attendance that all of them would be receiving invitations to attend.
Dame Marguerite Pindling, widow of former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, has served as governor general since July 2014.