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Gavidi Returns To NFP

Former National Federation Party (NFP) and Suva City (SCC) Councillor Jiosefa Gavidi has returned to politics under the NFP banner. But this time around, he is gunning for a parliamentary
03 Mar 2018 10:18
Gavidi Returns To NFP
NFP Provisional Candidate Jiosefa Gavidi.

Former National Federation Party (NFP) and Suva City (SCC) Councillor Jiosefa Gavidi has returned to politics under the NFP banner.

But this time around, he is gunning for a parliamentary seat.

Mr Gavidi, a provisional candidate from, Vatoa, in Lau, is the elder brother of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Commander Viliame Naupoto.

Referring to Commander Naupoto, Mr Gavidi said: “He was the first guy I called when I decided I would be returning to politics because we have always been close.’’

Commander Naupoto:  “Which party?

Mr Gavidi: “Still with NFP”

He congratulated and wished me well, Mr Gavidi said.

Mr Gavidi, also known as Govinda Bhaat Patel by the Gujerati community in Suva during his time with the SCC, said he had learnt a lot from the Gujerati community.

“They decided to call me Govinda back in 1997. From them I learnt a lot, such as everything must be done on time and we must always dress and look well.  For them business is business, every cent counts” Mr Gavidi said.

He said he was introduced to politics through the NFP and found no other reason why he should not join the party.

Mr Gavidi, a former teacher, had served as Suva’s deputy mayor and is a community and social worker.

This is Mr Gavidi’s first national election. He did not contest the 2014 election.

Mr Gavidi, who works for a registered non-government organisation (NGO) known as Community Support Network, said the service he has done in the communities got him interested in serving the public.

“I think fate chose this for me because this was the party I joined then and I see no reason to leave them. They nurtured me,’’ Mr Gavidi said.

Mr Gavidi is married to Annie and they have four children and seven grandchildren.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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