New SODELPA Row Breaks Out
Another SODELPA row has broken out.
This time it is between Jese Sikivou and party general secretary Adi Litia Qionibaravi.
Mr Sikivou is the traditional spokesperson of Ro Teimumu Kepa in her capacity as the Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi (Paramount chief of Burebasaga Confederacy).
She is also Opposition leader and former party leader.
The exchange between Mr Sikivou and Adi Litia is over reports that former party supporters, Pita Waqavonovono and Mick Beddoes, are starting a new political party.
And comments made by Mr Sikivou on social media angered Adi Litia.
In a post, Mr Sikivou, amongst other things, said: “The day after vote counting Litia Qionibaravi was tabling a legal opinion that she should be ousted as party leader.
“So all that time, the party just wanted to use the Gone Marama Bale to get the numbers and the fifteen seats.
“While loyal dummies like you and me were working to all hours of the night Litia Qionibaravi and her crew were already plotting and planning.
“But her day will come. For tearing apart the party for her personal agenda and all those who stand behind her in the dark, your day is coming.
“I only hope for his own sake, SLR (Sitiveni Rabuka) wakes up in time to smell the coffee before they get him. They need to put someone else upfront so they can hide.”
Adi Litia yesterday said she had better things to do and did not have time to respond to such posts.
She questioned the motive of the social media post and the comment and whether it was done with the aim to “derail” her from the work she was doing.
“I don’t have time to look at what they write. But, I have a lot of work to do and I will continue. Who is this person called Jese Sikivou?
“Is he a member of the Party? I really don’t care and they can continue to do and I will not say anything further.
“People know who I am and what I do and that is what matters.”
Mr Sikivou had also questioned whether SODELPA members of Parliament, Mosese Bulitavu and Salote Radrodro, who chose not to be in Parliament when voting on the Emoluments Bill to increase allowances of MPs took place, were getting the increased allowance.
“Why can’t that person Jese Sikivou call those two MPs? I feel sorry for that man. Why can’t he do something positive instead of bringing people down?”
In an emailed response, Adi Litia said: “As advised earlier, I do not make comments on FB (Facebook). Jese’s comments are full of factual errors and bent only to discredit the work that I do for the Party.
“SODELPA is alive and well and working towards the Party’s preparation for the next GE (general elections).
“The people of Fiji are listening to the Party Leader’s press releases and interviews, even the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights gave positive comments on the Party Leader’s submission and which Fiji Sun also printed.
“The matter regarding the voting of the increase in allowances is now water under the bridge, the party has moved on.
“The legal opinion was intended to enlighten the Party Leader on the requirements of the Party’s constitution, the position of Party Leader and preparation for the opening of Parliament,” Adi Litia said.
Meanwhile, Mr Sikivou had further stated that National Federation Party may appeal to more iTaukei than SODELPA.
“I think most Fijians are throwing up their hands in frustration and surrender and if NFP keeps their ship straight and true I see many professional indigenous Fijians going NFP.”