New SODELPA row breaks out

It’s Sikivou ver­sus Adi Li­tia

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An­other SODELPA row has bro­ken out. This time it is be­tween Jese Sikivou and party gen­eral sec­re­tary Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi.

Mr Sikivou is the tra­di­tional spokesper­son of Ro Tei­mumu Kepa in her ca­pac­ity as the Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi (Para­mount chief of Bure­basaga Con­fed­er­acy). She is also Op­po­si­tion leader and for­mer party leader. The exchange be­tween Mr Sikivou and Adi Li­tia is over re­ports that for­mer party sup­port­ers, Pita Waqavonovono and Mick Bed­does, are start­ing a new po­lit­i­cal party. And com­ments made by Mr Sikivou on so­cial me­dia an­gered Adi Li­tia. In a post, Mr Sikivou, amongst other things, said: “The day af­ter vote count­ing Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi was tabling a le­gal opin­ion that she should be ousted as party leader.

“So all that time, the party just wanted to use the Gone Marama Bale to get the num­bers and the fif­teen seats. “While loyal dum­mies like you and me were work­ing to all hours of the night Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi and her crew were al­ready plot­ting and plan­ning. “But her day will come. For tear­ing apart the party for her per­sonal agenda and all those who stand be­hind her in the dark, your day is com­ing. “I only hope for his own sake, SLR (Si­tiveni Rabuka) wakes up in time to smell the cof­fee be­fore they get him. They need to put some­one else up­front so they can hide.” Adi Li­tia yes­ter­day said she had bet­ter things to do and did not have time to re­spond to such posts. She ques­tioned the mo­tive of the so­cial me­dia post and the com­ment and whether it was done with the aim to “de­rail” her from the work she was doing. “I don’t have time to look at what they write. But, I have a lot of work to do and I will con­tinue. Who is this per­son called Jese Sikivou? “Is he a mem­ber of the Party? I re­ally don’t care and they can con­tinue to do and I will not say any­thing fur­ther. “Peo­ple know who I am and what I do and that is what matters.” Mr Sikivou had also ques­tioned whether SODELPA mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, Mos­ese Buli­tavu and Salote Radro­dro, who chose not to be in Par­lia­ment when vot­ing on the Emol­u­ments Bill to in­crease al­lowances of MPs took place, were get­ting the in­creased al­lowance. “Why can’t that per­son Jese Sikivou call those two MPs? I feel sorry for that man. Why can’t he do some­thing pos­i­tive in­stead of bring­ing peo­ple down?”

‘Er­rors’

In an emailed re­sponse, Adi Li­tia said: “As ad­vised ear­lier, I do not make com­ments on FB (Face­book). Jese’s com­ments are full of fac­tual er­rors and bent only to dis­credit the work that I do for the Party. “SODELPA is alive and well and work­ing to­wards the Party’s prepa­ra­tion for the next GE (gen­eral elec­tions).

“The peo­ple of Fiji are lis­ten­ing to the Party Leader’s press re­leases and in­ter­views, even the chair­per­son of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Law, Jus­tice and Hu­man Rights gave pos­i­tive com­ments on the Party Leader’s sub­mis­sion and which Fiji Sun also printed. “The mat­ter re­gard­ing the vot­ing of the in­crease in al­lowances is now wa­ter un­der the bridge, the party has moved on. “The le­gal opin­ion was in­tended to en­lighten the Party Leader on the requirements of the Party’s con­sti­tu­tion, the po­si­tion of Party Leader and prepa­ra­tion for the open­ing of Par­lia­ment,” Adi Li­tia said. Mean­while, Mr Sikivou had fur­ther stated that Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party may ap­peal to more iTaukei than SODELPA. “I think most Fi­jians are throw­ing up their hands in frus­tra­tion and sur­ren­der and if NFP keeps their ship straight and true I see many pro­fes­sional indige­nous Fi­jians go­ing NFP.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

SODELPA gen­eral sec­re­tary Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi.

The tra­di­tional spokesper­son of Ro Tei­mumu Kepam, Jese Sikivou.

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