Tiko­d­uadua out for six months

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Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party Pres­i­dent Pio Tiko­d­uadua is stick­ing to his guns.

He has re­fused to apol­o­gise over a dis­puted in­ci­dent out­side Par­lia­ment on Au­gust 9, which means he has been sus­pended for six months from Par­lia­ment. The apology was a rec­om­men­da­tion of the Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee’s re­port af­ter de­lib­er­a­tions this week.

Af­ter the rec­om­men­da­tions were de­bated last night, Mr Tiko­d­uadua said he would not apol­o­gise for some­thing he never in­tended to do.

He said he would stand by his virtues and it was against his prin­ci­ples and his honour to do so.

“I know what I said, it was on record, I know ex­actly what I meant, I can’t apol­o­gise for some­thing that some­one else thinks about on what is said.” Mr Tiko­d­uadua, while men­tion­ing their names, said he never of­fended any mem­ber of the Prime Min­is­ter’s fam­ily.

He said he did his best not to at­tack Mr Bain­i­marama that day.

“If I had done a dif­fer­ent thing, it would have been a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion now. I trained those boys (PM’s body­guards) I know what they would do.”

He added that his mind and his con­science were clear.

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