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Michael Pintard to be axed as FNM Marco City candidate

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will not be running Agriculture Minister and Marco City MP Michael Pintard as the Free National Movement’s candidate for Marco City in the next election.

Party insiders say tension has been building between Minnis and Pintard in recent months over recent policies adopted by the Minnis Administration.

In 2016, Pintard resigned as chairman of the Free National Movement and as a senator over his involvement in a lawsuit against Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard.

Pintard was embroiled in controversy after he was named in a lawsuit against Nygard and his lawyer Keod Smith by Save The Bays directors Joe Darville, Romauld Ferreira, Fred Smith, Louis Bacon and Reverend CB Moss.

The lawsuit alleged Nygard engaged in a murder-for-hire scheme with two men nicknamed “Toggie” and “Bobo”. It was revealed that the criminals were tracked down with the help of Pintard.

Pintard will be the latest incumbent to be axed from the party’s slate of candidates in the 2022 General Election.

Minnis has already informed FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest and House Speaker Halson Moultrie that they will not be receiving another nomination. Brensil Rolle was also dropped and replaced as the Garden Hills candidate with a political newcomer.

Longtime members of the party fear Minnis is using nominations to exact his revenge on senior members of his administration who have spoken up and challenged some of his decisions instead of just going along with the program.

Those cabinet ministers who have proven their loyalty to the maximum leader have already been ratified as candidates.

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