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Apologise: Camillo to Rabuka – I Will Not, He Replies

Responding to Mr Camillo’s demand for an apology, Mr Rabuka said he would not apologise because Mr Camillo had withdrawn and resigned from the party and went through the normal process.
06 May 2022 15:49
Apologise: Camillo to Rabuka – I Will Not, He Replies
The People’s Alliance Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Photo: Leon Lord

The People’s Alliance leader will not apologise to its former Nadi Branch president for not making the cut to contest the 2022 General Election under the party banner.

Yesterday, Abel Camillo demanded an apology from Sitiveni Rabuka, claiming that Mr Rabuka disrespected his application, and lied to him and the people of Fiji.

Responding to Mr Camillo’s demand for an apology, Mr Rabuka said he would not apologise because Mr Camillo had withdrawn and resigned from the party, and went through the normal process.

 

Mr Camillo said: “He has to apologise for the way he treated me.”

“He stopped answering my calls and emails and disrespected my application as the People’s Alliance (PA) representative for Rotuma,” Mr Camillo said, adding that he had fulfilled the criteria to be a candidate.

 

The People’s Alliance Party’s former Nadi district branch president, Abel Camillo

The People’s Alliance Party’s former Nadi district branch president, Abel Camillo

 

“He didn’t say who the selectors were and didn’t even tell me about not meeting the requirements.”

“He emailed my aunt in Australia and that was how I found out that I did not make it as an applicant.”

“He disrespected me.”

 

Mr Camillo criticised the PA candidate line-up saying no Rotuman’s were selected even though an Alfred Taito and himself had applied from Nadi and that certain members who made no contributions to the party were selected.

Furthermore, he claimed to have spent $250,000 in 18 years to build his network and that the party had used him.

He also made serious allegations of misuse of funds by PA youths which Mr Rabuka said he could not comment on and referred the query to the party Treasurer Joseva Namisi Leano.

 

“They have treated the party like a village.”

“There was abuse of money from the youths during the launch in Nawaka,” Mr Camillo claimed.

Responding to Mr Camillo’s demand for an apology, Mr Rabuka said he would not apologise because Mr Camillo had withdrawn and resigned from the party and went through the normal process.

 

“A lot of people have done so much for the party, but only 55 can be selected.”

“We’ve got 75 at the moment as provisional candidates and that will depend on the final clearance by the Supervisor of Elections and Registrar of Political Parties,” Mr Rabuka said.

He acknowledged Mr Camillo’s application, but stated that he was not part of the committee that rejected his application and was only part of the interview panel.

 

“We will not apologise to Mr Camillo.”

“We have done what we have done.”

“We have informed everybody and asked them to stay with the party and it is their choice what they do after that.”

“We have a long list of 150 that we interviewed and we had a provisional list of 55 plus reserves.”

 

Sajal Narayan

On the conviction of provisional candidate Sajal Narayan, Mr Rabuka said the party would replace candidates who did not make the cut for nomination to the supervisor.

“We called him and asked him to clarify the position because that was part of the interview process.”

“If any are knocked out before the nomination to the supervisor then the others will be brought in.”

 

“There will be others also that will be knocked back by the supervisor so it’s all part of the nomination process.”

He said the party would not hesitate to replace provisional candidates if they have the time to.

In the event Mr Narayan’s convictions are true, he said: “We cannot do anything.”

 

“A conviction is a conviction”.

“If that conviction amounts to a disqualification in Fiji then that stands, we do not have anything separate.”

“What we have to do is check with the legal authorities whether that also tantamounts to a conviction.”

“The lawyers have to find out if that conviction means any conviction in the world or only in Fiji.”

The remaining PA candidates would be announced next week.

 

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