Former member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday that he is seeking a nomination from the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), insisting that the party needs youth, energy and wisdom going into the next general election.
Asked about his prospects of receiving the nod in his former constituency, he said: “It’s a process.
“I’m working with my former constituents and hoping they become my constituents again.
“But, I have been doing a lot of work. I’ve been on the ground, talking to people. It’s a process and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to secure it.”
Wilchcombe, who lost to Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe in the 2017 election, said he believes the party’s 2022 slate of candidates will include a few familiar faces.
“I think you’re going to have a combination; like the Bible says, you have wisdom, you have the youth and you have the energy,” he said.
“I think you need a combination. I think you will have that. I think more importantly though, it’s going to be message. I’d like to see us discuss in detail a message about what Grand Bahama should be as we move forward.”
Last year, PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis said the party hoped to have a fair idea of its slate of candidates for the next election ready by the end of 2019.
“Women will make up a sizable number of our candidates,” he said.
“We are hoping to ensure that the sum total of our candidates will be reflective of the demographics of our society.”
Davis noted that a limited number of former candidates will be represented in the upcoming election.
Davis said last year that the party, with few exceptions, will not offer candidates who were rejected by voters in previous elections.
The PLP won four of the 39 seats in the House of Assembly in the May 2017 general election.
A post-election report commissioned by the party pointed to ‘Christie fatigue’, the failure to address ‘wrongdoings’ of Cabinet ministers, persistent corruption perceptions, the constitutional and gaming referenda, the handling of the Rubis oil spill, ‘unnecessary’ spending on carnival and poor response in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew as key reasons for the defeat.