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Minnis says PLP campaigned on ‘pure mudslinging’

After he voted yesterday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday dismissed widespread public concern over questions surrounding the award of Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) contracts.

Adrian Gibson, who was the corporation’s executive chairman, won his seat yesterday, but he never addressed directly questions about whether a woman who was his reported fiancée had been awarded contracts.

Yesterday, Minnis told reporters, “The opposition has nothing to campaign on, so they campaigned on pure mudslinging. We campaigned on policies and the way forward.

“They have accused me of any manner of things. I would not even tell you who was in their war room and pushing out all sorts of things.

“But, we were focused. We were focused on making life better for the Bahamian populace and focused on policies that we think would advance The Bahamas forward.”

Documents leaked to the media earlier this month revealed that WSC awarded cleaning and maintenance and painting contracts valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars to a company whose director has the same name as a woman Gibson identified as his fiancée.

Gibson has dismissed the claims as a “smear campaign”.

He also did not address whether a woman who signed his nomination papers was the same woman whose company was awarded more than $500,000 in contracts by WSC last year.

Prior to his comment yesterday, Minnis had been silent on the matter, despite his party’s continued campaigning on a platform of transparency, accountability and anti-corruption.  

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Rachel Scott

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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