I’ve always wondered what went wrong with the NDP. This story by Cecil Newry sheds some light on the inner struggles the party experienced and the roles certain individuals played. I found it very enlightening. This is Part 1 of 3, Please Like, Share & Comment. Enjoy.
One can not mention a mere, single event that can claim the responsibility for ushering in life to the National Development Party. The same can be said that one, cannot give a simple account as to the reasons for the Party’s failure and demise.
For the fall of the NDP, like its rise was not due to a singular event, but it resulted from a process: a process which started within the belly of the two major political parties and ended seemingly again within its bowels.
There are many intricacies that can be mentioned regarding the National Development Party’s political tenure. Some would dare say that its existence was filled with political intrigue, nationalist ideas and feigned idealism.
The Origins Of The NDP
But few know that the NDP had benefactors within both major political parties.
Those who were secretly concerned about their parties’ leadership and questioned whether the next generation within their parties had the gumption to lead the Bahamas.
Seed money was ‘invested’ in order to jump-start the NDP’s existence; the goal was to test the waters to see whether, an alternative political party was possible in a modern Bahamas.
In September 2008, BJ Moss, a card-carrying member of the FNM and Andre Rollins, a member of the PLP’s youth’s think tank, started the NDP following a series of meetings.
The two attracted like-minded individuals who were not afraid to challenge the political establishment, demand change within the system that frustrate progress and demand accountability for the actions or lack there of, from members of parliament.
The precepts of the party centered around nation building, The party’s mantra was based upon “philosophy and not the cult of personality; and upon political ideology instead of political idolatry.”
Subsequently, instead of electing a leader, an Executive Steering Committee was formed to direct the party’s formative development during its embryonic stages to a viable political organization.
Andre Rollins became the party’s first Chairman of the steering committee, narrowly defeating Renward Wells who became the party’s Deputy Chairman in October 2009.
Over time, the party grew in popularity, in spite having initial challenges with the media covering its press releases. In fact, it was the Elizabeth by-election in February 2010 that spring boarded the party into the political lime light
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