Minnis faction must come to terms with Pintard as FNM leader

Dear Editor,

I read with interest two missives printed in the January 5 edition of The Nassau Guardian by anonymous writers using noms de plume.

One can make the educated guess that the anonymous writers are members of the Dr. Hubert Minnis faction of the Free National Movement (FNM), who are refusing to come to terms with Michael Pintard being the newly installed FNM leader.

Rabid Minnisites are naively viewing Pintard as an interim leader who will eventually be replaced by the Killarney MP ahead of the next general election.

Consequently, there now seems to be a subtle move afoot by the Minnis faction to undermine Pintard’s leadership by roasting him in the dailies.

This approach is supplemented by Minnis’ continued presence in the news, which leads one to assume that the former prime minister is attempting to remain politically relevant.

By constantly addressing the media, Minnis has either intentionally or not forced Pintard’s hand in informing the media that the former FNM leader does not speak on behalf of the official opposition.

One gets the impression that Minnis is attempting to establish another FNM within the FNM, with the aim of showing up Pintard, while distracting him from doing his job of keeping the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government accountable.

While Pintard is preoccupied with addressing Minnis, Minnis is preoccupied with addressing the alleged COVID-19 missteps of the Davis administration as if he was FNM leader.

To the best of my knowledge, the Killarney MP has yet to categorically stress that he is voicing his private opinion while addressing the media, and not those of the official opposition.

Minnis knows full well that gullible Bahamians would wrongly assume that he is speaking on behalf of the FNM, while shrewdly refusing to correct this false assumption.

For what it’s worth, Minnis comes off as one who thrives in political chaos.

One of the things that defined his tenure as FNM leader was the constant warring within the FNM over his leadership.

Even former Prime Minister Perry Christie’s tenure as PLP leader was not as factious.

Minnis’ absence from the official swearing in ceremony of Pintard at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre on November 29 may have been his way of saying that he is not accepting the results of the November 27 FNM convention, when party delegates gave the Marco City MP 297 votes.

Ironically, the divisive strategy the Minnis camp is currently utilizing is eerily similar to what the Loretta Butler-Turner faction utilized in its attempt to remove Minnis as FNM leader between 2012 and 2017.

That was when former FNM MPs Neko Grant, Dr. Andre Rollins, Edison Key, Hubert Chipman, Richard Lightbourn and Theo Neilly sided with Butler-Turner against the beleaguered Minnis.

I defended Minnis in the space over and repeatedly during the well coordinated coup.

Minnis retaliated by refusing to run any of the FNM rebels on the FNM ticket in 2017.

If the Minnis faction keeps up its antics of undermining the Pintard regime, Pintard has the option of not fielding Minnis in Killarney in the next general election.

Butler-Turner ran as an independent in Long Island and was easily dispatched by Adrian Gibson. An independent Minnis would suffer the same political fate in Killarney.

If Minnis wants to continue his political career beyond 2026 or whenever Bahamians head back to the polls, he needs to call off his political dogs who are attacking Pintard.

He also needs to publicly submit to his new FNM leader and give to Pintard the deference and allegiance he rightly expected the Butler-Turner camp to give to him.

Kevin Evans

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