Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis’ opening remarks at the party’s convention on Wednesday night were similar to his “lackluster and laughable” leadership of the party, according to Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts.
“I listened with amusement this evening as the disgraced so-called leader of the FNM, Dr. Hubert Minnis, attempted to rally together support at the FNM convention,” Roberts said in a press statement late Wednesday night.
Roberts described Minnis’ speech as empty rhetoric and “an eerie reminder of the poor and sorry state his FNM left the country in just four years ago”.
“Tonight’s (Wednesday’s) pathetic attempt to throw mud at our government shows just how desperate the Official Opposition has become,” Roberts said.
The party’s convention is being held at the Melia Nassau Beach resort.
For months, there has been constant infighting within the party regarding Minnis’ leadership.
On Wednesday, Minnis declared to a crowded room of FNMs that the convention will conclude on Friday with a party that is not fractured, but squarely focused on defeating the PLP government in the next general election.
Minnis told the crowd that the party’s political enemy is the PLP and urged them to direct their frustration and anger toward the PLP, which he said is responsible for the country’s issues including the deplorable employment rate.
Despite Minnis’ promise that the party will emerge united following its convention, Roberts still insisted that Minnis is “a visionless and disconnected leader of the fragmented FNM”.
“Dr. Minnis should be the last person to talk about fighting corruption, as the facts clearly show the FNM as an organization seems to encourage and justify corruption,” Roberts said.
“The FNM delivered debt. They delivered corruption.
“They delivered to us a country that was weak and we are working on behalf of the Bahamian people to lead this country to a stronger and more prosperous future.”
Currently Minnis and Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner are vying for the leadership of the party.