As internal factions continue amongst SODELPA caucus and and fight for the “Iron Throne” of party leadership is underway, Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Ro Dona Takalaiyale have officially resigned from their posts as Party President and Vice President respectively at the latest SODELPA Management Board meeting on Friday 17th May.
In the Friday board meeting, the board was able to come to a conclusion that the Annual General Meeting for the party be held in Savusavu on 28th of Jun, 2019.
It is believed that the the controversy surrounding the venue for the 2019 AGM has created huge differences amongst party members and has left the party supporters in awe.
A North – South tug of war has left its own members in disappointment that they have started leaking confidential party information, conflicts and emails to media to the extent that Niko Nawaikula had to ask for investigations into his own party in-order to find the snitch.
The Northerners wish to re-elect Sitiveni Rabuka as the party leader in complete contradiction and violation of their party constitution which stipulates that the party leader MUST RESIGN if he or she fails to secure the Prime Ministership in the General Election.
The two time coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka lost to his junior, one time coup leader Bainimara in the 2018 General Elections.
In a Facebook post on official SODELPA page, it says that the Board after Friday’s deliberation has agreed that Sitiveni L Rabuka will continue as Party Leader until the Management Board appoints a new Party Leader at the 2020 Annual General Assembly, in accordance with the Party Constitution.
Meanwhile, Anare Jale was quickly appointed to the position of Acting President of SODELPA after Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu’s resignation.
Viliame Gavoka was also assigned the seat for Acting Vice President until the General Assembly in much contested Savusavu, appoints a new Vice President.
Meanwhile, Niko Nawaikula and attire police, Mosese Bulitavu failed to gain any party positions in the Board Meeting which was held on Friday.