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Tabuya denial

Nasik Swami And Aqela Susu
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FORMER People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Lynda Tabuya has denied claims on social media by some PDP board members that they were never consulted about the memorandum of understanding signed between the party and the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA).

PDP last week signed an MOU with SODELPA allowing PDP candidates to contest the 2018 General Election on a SODELPA ticket.

In an interview with this newspaper last Saturday, Ms Tabuya confirmed PDP would not contest next year's polls and had chosen SODELPA because the two parties' policies were similar. She said it was imperative that PDP had to restrategise and rethink its position moving forward because of the difficulty for small parties to reach the 5 per cent threshold in time for the 2018 election.

However, some PDP board members and party members took to social media claiming they were neither consulted nor were they aware about the move by Ms Tabuya.

Yesterday, Ms Tabuya said this was not true because majority of the party's board members were consulted about the move.

"From my side, the board members were consulted and we made a decision. Nine board members were consulted before we made this decision," she said. "I have not even heard from the board members, so obviously they have gone to social media to address this when really the right thing to do would be to come to me to address this issue."

Ms Tabuya said there were still spots open for PDP candidates to contest under SODELPA in 2018.

She has encouraged more Fijians of Indian descent to send in their application because most iTaukei spots had been taken up.

Meanwhile, Ms Tabuya confirmed that the party was being looked after by its general secretary.

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