PLP leader: Symonette’s resignation is “long overdue”

PLP leader: Symonette’s resignation is “long overdue”
Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis. (FILE PHOTO)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) leader Philip Brave Davis admitted on Sunday that the party welcomes the resignation of Brent Symonette from the Government.

“It is long overdue…There are others who need to follow him,” Davis said in a statement released yesterday.

The Hon. T. Brent Symonette tendered his resignation as Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration, effective July 1, 2019.

The prime minister has appointed Elsworth Johnson to replace him.

Davis said yesterday that despite Symonette’s resignation, he will still remain in the House of Assembly and will reportedly ‘continue to be an influence on the body politic’.

The PLP leader called on the country not to be distracted by Symonette’s resignation and noted that the opposition will address this and other matters more fully at a press conference on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the PLP leader expressed on Sunday that he is alarmed and concerned about a number of events that are presently unfolding in the country.

These events, Davis said, further unmasks the ‘deceptions’ of the FNM, their 2017 campaign and their continuing campaign.

“If we believed they had all the answers to the problems, they would be an efficient, uncorrupted, unassailable government,” Davis said.

The PLP leader highlighted that as of June 30: “the phone system is in a state of collapse; the power supply is in a state of collapse; layoffs continue in Grand Bahama; 15 people were injured in a shooting at a party with 12 hospitalized, elective surgeries at the Princess Margaret Hospital are now cancelled until further notice and beds are not available in this public hospital.

“Meanwhile, contracts valued in the tens of millions of dollars are being given to a company owned by the children of a Minister of the government.

“Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

“This government must go,” Davis said.