Rabuka: We Will Accept 2018 Election Result
Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Leader Sitiveni Rabuka says the party will accept the election result and will not cause any disturbances.
Speaking at a SODELPA rally in Nausori Village yesterday, Mr Rabuka called on the current government to do the same. “I have a request and a plea and I ask that all members of SODELPA observe the law of the land,” Mr Rabuka said.
“Please observe the law of the land, especially when the election results come out. We are also calling on the current government to accept the election results when it is announced. We will respect the law, we will not cause any disturbances.”
He believes that SODELPA candidates have campaigned well despite their limited resources.
“I encourage you all this is a very important election because we still have the numbers,” Mr Rabuka said.
“Within three years the statistics can change before the next election. We may not be the majority group come 2022.” He stated that he was not focusing too much on his court case which will be called tomorrow before Chief Justice Anthony Gates in the High Court in Suva for appeal judgment.
“I am not thinking about it, I am already thinking about Wednesday (Election Day),” Mr Rabuka said.
“This number (530) will be valid come Wednesday.”
Furthermore, he told party supporters that he had to report to the police station after the rally to be questioned. “Everything I have been accused of I will never ever usurp their position,” Mr Rabuka said.
“Preparation time is about to finish. I have to leave this very important meeting to go to the police station.
"I was called at 8.34pm last night (Friday) and asked to come, I asked that I be allowed to be here (rally).
"I made a commitment that I would go straight to the police station after this to be investigated, to be questioned.” Prominent Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau said the was an important part in the lives of indigenous Fijians.
“I am not here to take part in politics and I thank the Marama na Tui Dreketi for inviting me because the vanua is something that is important in our lives,” Ratu Epenisa said.
“A lot of people used to ask me why I did not stand for politics and I always tell them that the vanua is more important to me.
" It is important for me to see that we serve the vanua and in this journey we need to ensure that we are stable.” “We are trying to figure out where to take Fiji in the journey we are in. Let us stand still and see where we will take our children, our grandchildren in the journey we are about to take in the next few days because it would be for our next generation.”
SODELPA President and Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu told those gathered that the campaign journey has been a difficult one.
“It has not been an easy journey. In politics we differ as human beings in our way of thinking, in our mind, the principles of what we uphold and what we stand for and then we do it,” Ratu Naiqama said.
“But in politics the beauty of it is trying to find a common ground where you will not get 100 per cent of what you want, but at least there is a clear vision in where you want to go.
"That is the beauty of politics.
“It is often said that it is dirty. "Yes, it is dirty, but this is not a new thing for us because we know the traditional way of our life and thinking and politics has been the mainstay of it.”
He requested registered Fijian voters to know who they are voting for on November 14 because they are the ones who will reap the rewards of who they vote for. “Each vote matters and should be counted and the party relies on you,” Ratu Naiqama said. Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said she has been encouraged by the support shown during her campaign meetings.
“This gathering is very important because it comes at the end of campaigning for the 2018 General Election,” Ro Teimumu said.
“In all of my meetings and discussions with the ordinary people in the last three weeks I have been lifted by the support shown and freely given to SODELPA. “Everywhere I have been I have heard one cry and it is this ‘we want change, we want a new Government and we want SODELPA’.”
She said SODELPA stood to represent all Fijians and the policies of SODELPA would benefit everyone.
Bau Chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau and Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa during the SODELPA Rally held in Nausori on November 10, 2018.