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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Limbo

The future of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is in limbo after its leader Lynda Tabuya was announced as a candidate for SODELPA and the party’s interim president Vijay Singh
12 Dec 2017 11:14
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Limbo
From left: Lynda Tabuya, SODELPA leader Sitiveni and  People’s Democratic Party Member Vijay Singh.

The future of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is in limbo after its leader Lynda Tabuya was announced as a candidate for SODELPA and the party’s interim president Vijay Singh was appointed as a vice-president of SODELPA.

While Ms Tabuya claimed that it was a party decision for PDP to merge with SODELPA, party members who had worked diligently to register the party in 2013 have other views.

Party members took to social media to air their dismay with Ms Tabuya’s decision.

They said this was done without any discussions with party members and they were now questioning what the party had to say to the 7000 people who signed in support for the registration of the Party and the more than 15,000 people who voted for the Party in 2014.

While the members have not responded to queries sent by the Fiji Sun, some members who took to social media aired their frustrations included Veronica Thoms, and former general secretary Aman Ravindra Singh.

PDP is still registered as a political party with the Fijian Elections Office and Ms Tabuya is still registered as the Party leader.

Meanwhile, the annual declaration assets and liabilities of all Political Parties which is due on  December 31 will be able to shed some light as to who the office bearer of PDP are.

The questions that neither Mr Singh nor Ms Tabuya are answering right now are when they resigned from PDP, who accepted their resignation, who gave them the mandate to join SODELPA?

Comments:

Mr Singh who was one of the founding members of PDP before re-joining Fiji Labour Party lamented on his Facebook account:

“Mourning the death of PDP

“Their leadership today sold out workers and killed the party

“A party we formed in 2013 with a lot of promise and heart, but due to poor leadership after October 2014, things fell apart.”

Veronica Thoms who is a PDP board member said: “PDP leader Lynda Tabuya said the party’s management board had agreed to unite and fight with SODELPA in the upcoming 2018 General Elections. . not  (sic) true as I was never called to any board meeting to discuss and had not resigned or been terminated that I know of.

PDP supporters are calling out that this was a desperate move by Ms Tabuya to gain a spot in the next election while others are saying this was unexpected.

Earlier, last week Ms Tabuya, through the media told people she remained the Leader of PDP.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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