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Yes, We Are Worried: Rabuka

Yes, We Are  Worried: Rabuka
SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka with SODELPA candidate Lynda Tabua during press conference on January 10, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
January 11
11:18 2018

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka admits that they are worried about the result of an inquiry over the controversial Memorandum of Understanding signed between his party and the suspended People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The Fijian Elections Office is expected to make a decision soon, on whether the parties complied with provisions under the Political Parties decree.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem had requested certified copies of the MOU. He received the documents last week from SODELPA.

The MOU was signed by the former leader of the now-suspended PDP Lynda Tabuya and SODELPA leader, Mr Rabuka. The signing took place at the SODELPA headquarters on December 9, 2017.

In an earlier statement, Mr Saneem said it was necessary to verify if the Agreement purportedly merged both SODELPA and the PDP and if it did so, the Act prescribed certain procedural requirements that both parties were required to follow.

Yesterday during a press conference at the SODELPA headquarters in Suva calling for public support for the Fiji Trades Union Congress-organised march in Nadi this Saturday, Mr Rabuka was asked whether he was worried that SODELPA might face the same fate as PDP.

“Yes we are worried about that so we want to make sure that we do everything right,” Mr Rabuka said.

Suspicion

Since her name was announced in the SODELPA line-up on December 9, 2017, Ms Tabuya has held two press conferences at the party headquarters. None of the other 30 candidates named so far have done the same.

Her motives have been questioned by some SODELPA faithful.

But Ms Tabuya said: “In any new relationship there is going to be teething issues, there will be a time given that we get to know each other and we get to grow our relationship together and this has been happening.

“Even though there might be that, I would just like to reiterate that we are united in purpose and that we are moving ahead, banding together, united to prepare ourselves to really go hard and compete in the next General Election.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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