Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine said he is prepared to remain with the Free National Movement (FNM) until the party decides to “cut the tie” and noted that he has “low expectations” of being renominated for his seat.
McAlpine also said he doesn’t believe the government will win the next election.
“I believe that if they continue on the trajectory that they are on, it is a high possibility that they can lose the next general election,” McAlpine told The Nassau Guardian.
He said a loss for the FNM will not mean “an automatic win” for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP).
When asked what he meant by that, McAlpine replied, “Every election we have had has opened the eyes of Bahamians more and more. Bahamians are moving away from party and now looking more at individuals who will earnestly represent their views in the constituency, community and country.”
McAlpine ran on the FNM’s ticket in 2017 and won 2,496 votes in the 2017 general election.
He beat then Pineridge MP Dr. Michael Darville who ran for the PLP and secured 2,025 votes.
McAlpine said yesterday that he had not yet been informed on whether or not he will represent the party in the next general election.
“My expectations, like the Bahamian people, are very low when it comes to the Free National Movement in every capacity,” he said when asked if he expects to be ratified by the party.
“So, I would have low expectations, yes, of being ratified.”
McAlpine suggested that he has no plans to resign from the FNM at this time.
“At the end of the day, I will go as long as I can go with the Free National Movement until they decide to cut the tie,” he said.
“But, as it stands for me right now, my focus is basically the people of Pineridge. Now, whether the party gives me a nomination or not is neither here nor there for me.”
The Pineridge MP has butt heads with the government since 2017. He opposed an increase in value-added tax (VAT) and lost his chairmanship of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas because of it.
In recent months, he has been highly critical of the government in the House of Assembly, usually drawing rebuke from government ministers.