Leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Branville McCartney castigated Prime Minister Perry Christie for his failure to “train and appoint a successor” while insisting the prime minister is arrogant for stating that he should remain leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP).
“After 40-odd years of public life, it appears that the prime minister has entered a period of political senility and should, at the earliest possible moment, be committed to the political equivalent of an assisted living facility to eke out the remainder of his days,” McCartney said in a press release.
“The idea that he, and he alone, is fit to lead the PLP is more than just arrogant; it is, in fact, delusional, as some within his own party have suggested.”
Last week, Christie said that he will lead the PLP into the next election, insisting that young members of the party have asked him to stay on as leader.
“The greatest failure of any leader is the failure to train and appoint a successor. As part of our country’s current political narrative, we see the devastating effects of such poor succession planning playing out within the Free National Movement (FNM), and clearly the governing Progressive Liberal Party is making the same mistake,” McCartney said.
Several “new generation leaders” of the PLP have left the party during its term in office.
Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre Rollins and Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells left the PLP and joined the FNM.
Marco City MP Greg Moss left the PLP and started his own political party, the United Democratic Party (UDP).
“Dubbing himself the ‘bridge to the future’ the PM paraded fresh political faces before the electorate. New generation leaders, he called them,” McCartney said.
“A group of men and women whom he said would be given not just a seat at the table, but also a voice and an opportunity to put their bright minds to good use.
“Over the past four years, however, we have watched as many of the government’s new generation leaders, having been silenced and stifled by the old guard, have jumped ship, leaving behind Mr. Christie’s crumbling bridge for greener pastures.”
McCartney questioned who the young leaders were that have asked Christie to stay on.
Speaker of the House of Assembly Dr. Kendal Major last week said he is not one of the young members of the government who have asked Christie to remain as leader of the PLP.
PLP Senator Frank Smith also indicated that he is not one of the PLPs who the prime minister recently said asked him to stay on to lead the party into another election.
McCartney also claimed the Christie administration failed to provide job opportunities for young Bahamians.
He indicated that if the country is to advance, succession planning must be a part of the process.