SO LONG, BYE BYE: No FNM seat for Turnquest

SO LONG, BYE BYE: No FNM seat for Turnquest
East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest. (BIS PHOTO/PATRICK HANNA)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest will not receive a nomination from the Free National Movement (FNM) to run on the party’s ticket in the next general election.

Turnquest, the incumbent who comfortably won the seat in the 2017 General Election, recently released a notice to colleagues.

“Colleagues, by now you would have no doubt heard the report that I have been advised by the party leader that I will not receive the nomination for East Grand Bahama,” Turnquest said.

“I assume that council will give final confirmation or otherwise on that decision at its next sitting.

“With that position having been put, I will not join you tomorrow and have put all campaign activities on hold.

“Wishing you all the very best of events.”

Calls placed to Turnquest were not returned.

The former finance minister resigned last November amidst allegations in an untested writ of summons claiming his involvement in a $30 million “bogus loan” scheme.

There was uncertainty whether Turnquest would run for office, as he told Eyewitness News in December 2020: “We’ll see what happens.”

Turnquest, a newcomer to politics in the last general election, won the seat for East Grand Bahama, crushing the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) Preston Cooper by over 2,000 votes — 3,679 votes compared to 1,626 votes.

About Randy Smith

Randy Smith is the producer of the widely-watched local television show “Beyond The Headlines” and the web content manager of Eyewitness News. He joined Eyewitness News as a sportscaster in 2018, a role he still performs, and has previously covered a slew of international sporting events, including the 2015 Pan American Games, the Nike EYBL Showcase, several IAAF World Relays, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the Commonwealth Youth Games, the Bahamas Bowl and multiple CARIFTA Swimming and Track & Field Championships. Randy has been recognized by the Bahamas Press Club with awards for “Best Sports Broadcast” as a sportscaster and “Best TV Talk Show” as a producer.