Politics is a dirty game, everybody knows that. But when your party is running on a platform of change, people expect you to be different from the others, they expect better.
The recent actions of the DNA has everybody examining the motivations of the party and it’s leaders, including myself.
Earlier this year I wrote In defense of Sammi Star, where I defended the nomination of Sammi Poitier by the DNA. Back then everyone on facebook was throwing a fit that The DNA would nominate a simple entertainer. I disagreed, I thought it was great. I wrote:
To me the nomination of Sammie Poitier says any Bahamian can aspire to leadership in this country. If you have the desire to serve your country and the will to engage in politics , the door is not closed to you.
I say kudos to The DNA leadership for making such a bold statement.
I also thought it was a great vote of confidence in the young people of the country. So imagine my shock when I heard last week that The DNA fired Sammi. And worst how the whole thing seems to done in such an unprofessional manner.
The DNA claims they fired Sammi Poitier because he was not performing as a candidate. Sammi Star claims he WAS performing and DNA simply did not believe in him as a candidate.
Here’s some extracts from the statement he posted on his profile page. Read it and tell me what you think.
Over the past week, I have had a feeling of great disappointment and discomfort over the radio interviews, social network and news paper articles that I have heard about and read concerning the issue of me……
….the DNA saw it necessary to justify my being released as a candidate by constantly stating that the South Beach team and I did not perform to party standards, represent the constituency well, and did not possess the skills necessary to fulfill the duties of an MP as outlined by the party. In short I was “Thrown Under the Bus and Rolled Over…Twice”
….In the Democratic National Alliance’s official statement in regards to my candidacy, they inferred that I was not prepared to participate in electoral process at this time, and that it was a joint decision. This is fictitious; and it is blatantly false.
….I did not resign from the party, but was asked to leave. My team and I have been communicating with the party over the last few weeks, requesting more involvement in National DNA events, National Party support in our team efforts and of course financial support. We were denied. It then became clear to our team and supporters that the party lacked confidence in me as a candidate.
…. Contrary to those assertions, ALL of the aforesaid requirements were met. Let it be known that the decision to release me was made, without consulting ME the candidate, and of course the PEOPLE of South Beach. How is it possible to make such a decision, without consulting the people that will decide whether or not you – the candidate and the party you represent – actually win the seat and election?
Here’s what one young supporter had to say in response to Poitier’s Post
As a young Bahamian i myself was happy that u took the initiative to run for an M.P being so young. I wanted you to win that seat, and to prove to the political world that we young people has alot to offer and all we want is for a chance to show ourselves approve. And for them telling you that you are not ready my question to them is ” When is the right time for an individual to be ready to become an M.P ” ? To me they don’t have us young people best interest at heart because you are a prime example. I’ve already registered but was uncertain as to which party must i give my vote to, and if a party is not gonna give any upcoming young individual a chance to make this Bahama land a better place then they are not worthy of my vote…
I think the DNA lost a lot of young voters with how they handled Sammi ‘Star’ Poitier … what y’all think?