COI Candidate Charged with Inciting Riot and Disorderly Behaviour, Jumped on PLP Bandwagon
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The North Andros candidate for the Coalition of Independence Wellington Roberts dropped his bid for election and jumped ship to join the Progressive Liberal Party.
In a viral post, 36-year-old Roberts is seen dressed in PLP attire while campaigning with the opposition party.
Roberts is a self-proclaimed comedian and a known critic of the Free National Movement and the Progressive Liberal Party and has spoken publicly against the two major political parties.
He jumped to social media fame during a protest Down Town when furloughed Atlantis workers demonstrated for severance pay. Roberts was arrested for inciting unrest and disorderly behavior.
His decision to join forces with the PLP has provoked a response from the COI who confirmed the resignation of Roberts.
“Many people are weak and will sell out their nation for a bowl of porridge,” the party said.
The COI led by Lincoln Bain, is a newly formed party that has branded itself as an advocate of the country’s natural resources, and said, despite Roberts’ resignation, the party will “remain committed to standing with and for Bahamians who are dissatisfied with the state this country is in.”
However, Roberts has since released a short statement on social media claiming his decision was made “in the best interest of myself, family and country.”
Roberts was in court on Tuesday for trial and maintained a not guilty plea to the charges levied against him. Magistrate Samuel McKinney is set to make a ruling on the matter next month.
(Roberts is seen on the right in featured photo)