Using the well-tried and tested phrase that no man reigns forever, Member of Parliament for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Hon Elvin Nimrod has addressed his supporters, confirming that he has decided to say farewell to frontline Politics.
On Friday Night, many sad faces could have been seen at the Party’s headquarters in Hillsborough, as Nimrod who is the Party’s Deputy Political Leader summoned a meeting to officially break the news of his impending departure from local Politics.
Nimrod first entered the Political Spotlight in 1995 as an Independent candidate and shortly thereafter joined the New National Party, where he serves as Member of Parliament for the constituency from 1999 to present. He is the most successful Politician for this constituency since independence in 1974.
Addressing a packed house of Supporters, he told them that he had long dropped hints that he had no intention of filing elections nomination papers once again.
“Some of you may have remembered that in the last couple of years I have been saying that no king reigns forever
“And anyone who thinks that he can is fooling himself”. Nimrod told his supporters.
When he first entered the race as an independent candidate in 1995 he gave a strong showing, only losing to NDC’s Joan Purcell by a mere 12 votes 755 to 743.
Nimrod was able to bring a large size of his voting block back then, to join the New National Party.
At Friday’s exercise, he extended his gratitude for the dedication and loyalty several persons have entrusted in him towards the collective building of a better tri-island state.
“ You all stood with me through thick and thin and took me to the places where I can best represent the sister isles and Country in General.
“I’m very fortunate pleased and proud to have had you all standing by my side then and now, to all who helped me to make the mark that I have made.
‘Very few would disagree that I have tried my best for the sister isles and the Country as a whole”. Said Nimrod as sadness blanketed the faces of the many present.
Like is Life --Nimrod told the supporters ----that despite differences he has always sought to find the best for Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
“Everywhere and anywhere that I go, Carriacou and Petite Martinique were always first and uppermost in my mind”. Said Nimrod, as he pointed to his many positions and portfolios in the New National Party and Government including Deputy Prime Minister.
“What else can I ask for? and I want to tell you tonight that the time has come for me to pass the torch to a new generation.
“ And I’m doing it without any reluctance and any reservation.
“No one can push me out except the People of Carriacou and Petite Martinique
“Until the elections are called I will still be in Parliament fighting for the People of the sister isles”. Said the outgoing Member of Parliament.