Gavoka: I Am Party Leader Into 2022

The letter was a request from the president saying it will be better if I hold both positions as part of the synergy moving forward...
09 Dec 2020 14:25
Gavoka: I Am Party Leader Into 2022
Sodelpa Party Leader, Hon. Viliame Gavoka

 The selection process for the SODELPA leader position is done and dusted, says SODELPA MP Viliame Gavoka.

“I am the party leader and I will go all the way to 2022,” Mr Gavoka said.

He echoed the strong message when he was asked whether Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu’s appointment as Opposition Leader is part of a bigger plan.

The plan is to take control of the Management Board by changing Caucus representatives and bring back former leader Sitiveni Rabuka as Party Leader.

Mr Gavoka said in spite of the perception of disunity among the party, the SODELPA brand is very strong and anyone who leaves SODELPA is forfeiting a very powerful brand.

He said he was pleased to be working with Ratu Naiqama because of his experience and also confirmed that a letter was written by SODELPA President Ratu Epenisa Cakobau advising MPs to vote for him.

“The letter was a request from the president saying it will be better if I hold both positions as part of the synergy moving forward but we had other opinions from people in Caucus who felt that we should keep the two separate, me as party leader and Ratu Naiqama as parliament leader as demarcation,” Mr Gavoka said.

Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya said there are no repercussions to MPs that the contents of the letter was not followed as it was simply a guide.

Ro Teimumu Kepa told the Fiji Sun to stick to the narrative that all MPs chose Ratu Naiqama as parliamentary leader.

Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya says there is no provision in the party’s constitution that says that the party leader automatically takes up the role of parliamentary leader.

She added that Ratu Naiqama has the majority of votes compared to Mr Gavoka as Ratu Naiqama was appointed on 14 to 5 votes while Mr Gavoka was appointed by the management board on 20 to 21 votes.




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