Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday denied that he was in conversations with Free National Movement (FNM) MP Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe about joining the PLP.
On Wednesday, PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell tweeted a response to Parker-Edgecombe’s “social media criticisms” of the party.
“Since she has done this, I intend to tell the entire story of her wanting to join the PLP and her meeting with me and coming to the GB (Grand Bahama) airport to see the leader and myself to request we give her two weeks and then she would join the PLP and subsequently seek our nomination,” he said.
Parker-Edgecombe, who serves as West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP, released a statement on Wednesday accusing Mitchell of “grasping for straws and now trying to muddy the waters”.
Yesterday, during a press conference at PLP headquarters, Davis was asked if he could confirm whether he had conversations with Nassau Village MP Halson Moultrie, who serves as speaker of the House of Assembly, and Parker-Edgecombe about joining the PLP.
He responded, “Pakesia? No, no, I have not been in any conversations with anyone.”
When pressed on if he was in conversation with Moultrie, Davis replied, “No, no discussions. Now, I don’t know whether they talked with the chairman.”
The Nassau Guardian made a note of this on Twitter.
Following Davis’ press conference, Mitchell tweeted, “Jasper Ward’s tweet does not represent the true context of the exchange between another reporter and Mr. Davis. The leader was asked was he in conversation with Pakesia Parker? he responded ‘…No, I’m not you should speak to the chairman’ or words to that effect.
“Two and two is still four, and on the 6th of Feb, Pakesia Parker drove in a car with the intermediary to the GB airport for the departure of Mr. Davis. She was afraid to be seen, so a relative was in her car following behind.
“Parker requested that we give her two more weeks to give her decision about joining the PLP. These are the facts, she wanted to join the PLP. Stay on message, folks.”
When reached for a comment yesterday, Parker-Edgecombe told The Guardian, “I remain focused on representing my constituents to the best of my ability with the FNM.”
Parker-Edgecombe was elected to the House of Assembly in 2017 on the FNM’s ticket.
She secured 2,638 votes, beating then West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Obie Wilchombe who secured 2,375,
Parker-Edgecombe is one of 19 FNM incumbents to have been ratified so far this month in preparation for the next general election.