Analysis

Only Time Will Tell For SODELPA

There is talk of forming a new political movement with the help of smaller parties like Savenaca Narube’s Unity Fiji Party.
27 Jun 2019 11:00
Only Time Will Tell For SODELPA

It’s make or break time for SODELPA today and tomorrow.

When delegates come together for the Management Board meeting and the General Assembly they will find out whether the problems and differences that plague the party can be fixed.

If these problems cannot be resolved then it’s the end of the journey for many members in Viti Levu.

There is talk of forming a new political movement with the help of smaller parties like Savenaca Narube’s Unity Fiji Party.

This group is fed up of the infighting that has been going on, which it believes cost the party the 2018 General Election.

The disgruntled members are concerned about what they describe as serious outstanding governance issues.

Unless these are resolved they say it’s pointless and a waste of time continuing to support the party.

It is understood that driving the push to overhaul SODELPA’s compliance of governance rules and standards are members from Suva, Lami, Nasinu, Tailevu and the West.

One member optimistically claims they have about 75 per cent support.

Some of those who had originally thought of boycotting the General Assembly because they disagreed with the choice of venue have changed their mind and will now attend.

In Suva, Mr Narube’s name has been bandied about. He is being seen as a leader in a merger between his party and the SODELPA group.

He was invited to brief SODELPA MPs in a pre-Budget workshop and those present were impressed.

The Suva delegates are expected to back MP Viliame Gavoka or acting President Anare Jale as president against the Vanua Levu choice of Ro Filipe Tuisawau.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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