Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis and Deputy Leader Chester Cooper will remain at the helm of the political party. Both incumbents were unopposed during the nomination exercise at the party’s convention at the Melia Nassau Beach resort.
With the top posts sealed, all eyes will be on the race for chairman, which will see a rematch between Senator Fred Mitchell and former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.
Mitchell and Wilchcombe were the only two candidates nominated. Delegates will vote tomorrow, the final day of convention.
Over the weekend Mitchell sent out a message that a challenge to the chairmanship post would not be welcomed.
“No one expected, indeed, the party faithful were promised a unified convention and now it appears from various voice notes and video clips that there is a propaganda campaign which is going on which is distracting us from the central job, or has the potential to do so, because it appears there is going to be some contest,” said Mitchell in a voice note.
“Let me say this about the chairman of the party since this is the position they all seem to be targeting, I guess. The chairman of the party has to get along with the leader of the party, can’t be interested in getting the leader of the party’s job or working on behalf of someone else to get that job.”
Wilchcombe, who unsuccessfully ran for PLP deputy leader during the party’s 2009 convention and for chairman during the party’s 2017 convention, said he has always been loyal to the PLP, and charged that Mitchell can’t say the same.
“I never once walked away from my party or ever considered leaving my party, or not supporting my party,” Wilchcombe told reporters just ahead of nominations yesterday.
“It’s only the person who is running against me who left the PLP. That’s the significant difference. I never went against the PLP. I never went against my organization. I never said negative… things about the leaders as Fred Mitchell did. So, I find it incredibly amazing when they talk about loyalty, when I’m the individual who has demonstrated loyalty.”
When asked to respond to Wilchcombe’s comments yesterday, Mitchell declined to do so.
“I’ve not made any comments about Mr. Wilchcombe or anything he says and I maintain that,” Mitchell said.
“I have nothing to say.”
He added that it is an honor to be nominated again.
Davis told ZNS Grand Bahama on Tuesday night that Wilchcombe “can’t win and won’t win” in his bid to become PLP chairman.
“As a member of the party, who has a view on what should be happening, my view is he should not do it,” Davis said.
“But he is not prohibited from doing it and no one is going to stop him from doing it.
“And at the end of the day, I don’t think he could win and he would not win. It’s not good to have a string of losses in the organization.”
Voting will take place tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.