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PM: Tikoduadua, Nair Forced To Resign

PM: Tikoduadua, Nair Forced To Resign
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama greets a member of the public outside Parliament on July 10, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
July 11
11:44 2017

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night revealed for the first time that he forced Pio Tikoduadua and Robin Nair to resign.

Mr Tikoduadua, now president of the National Federation Party, was Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in the FijiFirst Government.

He was previously Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr Nair was the former Ambassador to United Arab Emirates based in Abu Dhabi and former Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Mr Bainimarama elaborated outside Parliament on his interjection while Opposition Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, was speaking during the Budget debate.

“Yes it’s the Leader of the Opposition. She mentioned Pio’s name in her statement thinking we don’t know anything about Pio and that’s what I said that Pio was forced to resign,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“He was practically sacked , in fact that is not the first time because I sacked him earlier on when he was Permanent Secretary because he had been talking behind my back and I sacked him. I felt so sorry for him and I brought him back. He did it again and I sacked him again,” Mr Bainimarama said.

On Mr Tikoduadua’s move to NFP, he said “good luck to National Federation Party and we want to tell Biman watch his back because this guy wants to become Prime Minister.”

“He is a backstabber – that is why I sacked him in the first place.” Mr Bainimarama said that Mr Nair was also forced to resign.

“Robin Nair – we made him resign. Really he was no good,” he said. Mr Tikoduadua said he could not comment without knowing what the PM said.

He could only respond by email.

Questions emailed to him had not been answered when this edition went to press. Mr Nair could not be reached to comment. Mr Nair has not officially joined any political party, but it is rumoured that he will join Mr Tikoduadua in the NFP.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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