THE next leader of the National Federation Party will have a tough task ahead to steer the party and its success.
The incumbent will also shoulder the burden of ensuring the party continues in the tradition of some of its great leaders such as the late A D Patel, the late Siddiq Koya, the late Balwant Singh Rakha, Jai Ram Reddy and Harish Sharma.
NFP executive Professor Biman Prasad said the party's former leaders did not seek to promote personal agendas, adding the party was founded on principles and a vision for Fiji.
"That is what distinguishes the NFP from other parties come and gone that evolved around a single issue or a single leader," he said in his address at the party's 50th anniversary celebration in Nadi.
"The end of the issue or the demise of the leader spelt the doom of the party.
"The NFP remains as relevant today as it did when it was founded and will continue as such."
Prof Prasad congratulated the party, its leaders, past and present, "for persevering in the face of extreme adversity and restriction, especially in the recent past".
He told people present at the celebration to be proud of their association with a political party that stayed on its course of fundamental principles.
"I urge all of you to take this party forward and make it a force to reckon with in the next general election."