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Rabuka Backs Lynda

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka has defended Lynda Tabuya against critics, saying she has the potential to become a future party leader. Mr Rabuka has also revealed for the first time
27 Jun 2018 10:43
Rabuka Backs Lynda
SODELPA Leader Sitveni Rabuka with Lynda Tabuya (left) outside FICAC office after he was formally charged on May 25, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka has defended Lynda Tabuya against critics, saying she has the potential to become a future party leader.

Mr Rabuka has also revealed for the first time she is his niece.

His statement comes amid growing interest in the party’s annual general meeting on Saturday at Namoli Village, Lautoka, where the “Lynda factor” is expected to be discussed.

Her rapid rise through the party ranks and increasing public profile since she joined SODELPA last December have envied some members. Her status is likely to come under scrutiny. 

Mr Rabuka said Ms Tabuya had a personality that was inclusive and attractive to people.

He said Ms Tabuya had been a very active member of the party, especially in her own area, the Suva-Nasinu corridor, where she was brought up.

He also said that Ms Tabuya has been very active in her social groups of young lawyers and her friends.

“She is capable of becoming a party leader as she has the potential to become the party leader,” he said

“She has great leadership skills and like her, everyone who are the party members are capable of standing up as the party leader.

“Her leadership role will depend on the party’s board and its decision. And everybody has the equal opportunity to lead the party.

“She had joined the Party for the 2018 General Elections and because our policies are in harmony, parallel and uniformed.” She was the People’s Democratic Party leader and signed a memorandum of understanding with Mr Rabuka between PDP and SODELPA on the same day she joined SODELPA.”

Mr Rabuka said: “She is a full member of SODELPA and she, just like everyone in the party, has the equal opportunity to stand as the Party leader.

‘To be a party leader, she will have to be appointed or selected to stand as the party leader.

“Everyone who has put their hands up to be a candidate is capable to become the party leader.”

Ms Tabuya said she was honoured that Mr Rabuka thought of her as a potential future leader.

“This is exactly why I support him,” he said.

“Great leaders do not create followers. Great leaders create leaders.

“He has brought People’s Democratic Party (PDP) into SODELPA and made me a believer.

“Sadly, there is a faction within SODELPA that are not ready to give him a chance.

“I’m descending on the Annual General Meeting in Lautoka with busloads of my supporters from PDP, Nasinu, Nadi and Lautoka and we stand behind the Party Leader and the party in making SODELPA great again.”
Mr Rabuka said: “There are personalities against personalities.

“As far as the unity of the party is concerned, if they prefer the party rather than Ms Tabuya then they vote for the party leader or somebody else in the Party.

“Ms Tabuya is not the party. I am not the party. We all work for SODELPA.

“I would like to encourage those who are disenchanted with Ms Tabuya’s presence to stay with the party as I have called upon those who do not like me to be in the party to stay with the party.”

“Party unity is more important than our personal preferences of personalities within the party.”.

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