Former Golden Gates MP Michael Foulkes yesterday submitted his nomination for the chairmanship of the Free National Movement (FNM), promising a commitment to unifying the party should he be elected.
The party’s full convention is scheduled for next month.
Foulkes said unification is essential if the party hopes to stand a chance in the next general election.
“We have to unify this party, as the leader has said repeatedly,” he said.
“And there is absolutely no question about that. It’s not going to be an easy task, frankly, but it’s a task we have to make all efforts to achieve because it’s critical.
“I think the Bahamian people have shown us over the years when we were in the wilderness from ‘72 to ‘92 that they’re not very keen on voting in an opposition that is divided. And so, we really need to work towards unity in the organization and I definitely intend to do all that I can to make that happen.
“We all have a role to play in the organization and people need to feel that they’re welcome, involved and everyone has a role to play.
“…And we need to talk more to FNMs, meet more, and we need to build connections and mend relationships. As you know, politics at the end of the day is about people.
“…So we need to do those things to build stronger relationships in the party at all levels.”
Following a crushing defeat in the September 2021 general election, the FNM held a leadership convention in November to replace former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Michael Pintard, who served in Minnis’ Cabinet, won the leadership race by a substantial margin.
Foulkes was the first person to nominate for the position of chairman.
Former Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands and former Minister of Immigration Elsworth Johnson have announced their plans to run for the chairman post.
FNM Executive Member Collin Ingraham has also expressed an interest in running for the position.
Foulkes said that while he applauds everyone seeking the position, he believes his experience within the party will set him apart from other candidates.