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NFP two ‘applied for FijiFirst Tickets’ First

FijiFirst general secretary Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has revealed that at least two National Federation Party candidates had applied for FijiFirst candidacy first. The two are Labasa businessman Charan Jeath Singh
24 Oct 2018 12:53
NFP two ‘applied for FijiFirst Tickets’ First
National Federation Party candidates Charan Jeath Singh (left) and Amol Kumar.

FijiFirst general secretary Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has revealed that at least two National Federation Party candidates had applied for FijiFirst candidacy first.

The two are Labasa businessman Charan Jeath Singh and Amol Kumar from Lautoka.

Mr Singh had applied for a FijiFirst ticket in 2014. He was not selected as a candidate.

Mr Singh sent a donation cheque of $10,000 to FijiFirst in the hope that it would secure him a ticket to contest under the FijiFirst banner, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the party returned Mr Singh’s donation because it did not believe in anyone buying their way into the party.

He questioned NFP’s willingness to take on board anyone who had been rejected by the ruling party.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum revealed that Mr Kumar tried to woo his way into the party and had even told people how well the FijiFirst Government was doing.

A day after the ruling party revealed its candidate line-up, Mr Kumar posted a picture of himself on social media with NFP leader Biman Prasad, calling the academic the greatest political leader in Fiji.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said all FijiFirst candidates had been selected on merit and the best from hundreds who applied had been chosen and confirmed by their leader.

These two are not the only ones who have had links to FijiFirst. NFP President Pio Tikoduadua was a Cabinet minister in the FijiFirst Government.

He had resigned saying he was ill and needed to spend time with his family, only to come out as the NFP President months later.

Charan Jeath Singh responds:

Mr Singh said that was “wrong”. “Go get your facts right, then you call.”

He did not confirm or deny anything further.

Amol Kumar responds:

Mr Kumar claimed that he withdrew his application from FijiFirst.

However, when asked how and when he withdrew it, he said he would respond later. When called again, he said he was in a meeting.

He cut further calls made to him.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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