Four more clarify positions on SODELPA list
They include Jone Navakamocea, Raman Velji, Ratu Peni Volavola and Alipate Qetaki
Four more people on the SODELPA applicant list for 2018 election tickets have clarified their positions.
The list which also includes a wish list (people who have not formally applied) was published in the Fiji Sun last Saturday.
Former member of SDL Jone Navakamocea said standing in the elections was not a priority.
He asked that political parties and the Fiji Sun stop speculating about whether he would be standing in the next election and for which political party.
“I have not applied as yet for a party ticket in the upcoming elections. In any case, political parties do not make decisions for me. It’s my voters and supporters that decide for me whether I should stand and which party I should stand for.
“I need to see all political parties’ manifestos to ascertain what’s in there for me and my supporters.
“My voters or supporters needs and wishes are always paramount than anything else.
“Hence, I want to give my voters and supporters the freedom to make an informed decision on my candidacy.
“If they have identified other potential candidates, then I will happily stand behind them,” Mr Navakamocea said.
Nadi-born, US resident, Raman Velji, said he could not comment as to whether he was approached by SODELPA or had applied to be a candidate.
“Only the party leader is the one who can make any statement.
“At this time, I have no comment to make,” Mr Velji said.
Former mayor of Suva, Ratu Peni Volavola said he did not apply to be a SODELPA candidate.
“I am very upset and surprised to see my name in the Fiji Sun. I had not applied nor was I approached by any official member of the party.
“An old friend of mine asked me to stand for the election and I advised him that I am thinking about it but never confirmed to be a candidate.
“Whoever gave the list to the Fiji Sun should be taken to task,” Ratu Peni said.
Former iTaukei Lands Trust Board general manager, Alipate Qetaki whose name was also in the list said: “I don’t talk to the Fiji Sun,” and immediately put down the phone.
Edited by Caroline Ratucadra