DESPITE his initial reservations about the upcoming general election, former Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Jagnnath Sami has decided to stand as a candidate under the National Federation Party banner.
"To be quite honest, I was not too sure the elections were going to take place and secondly whether we were going to have a free and fair election," he said in Lautoka yesterday.
"But despite that I decided to join the NFP team because the wave of support for the party is very good and also the party has a very good leader in Professor Biman Prasad.
"And I wanted to be part of this new wave of change for a better Fiji."
He said he also wanted to contribute to the change that NFP represented in the coming election.
"That has always been a principle of mine and that is the reason I resigned from my position as CEO of TISI Sangam to contest for a seat."
The third candidate for NFP to be named from its Lautoka branch, Mr Sami said he had dreams to improve issues that mattered to him.
"This is my third election and despite those disappointments, we still have a dream to take Fiji to a better place.
"The key areas that I will be fighting for is providing a voice for youths, improving the sugar industry and people living in squatter settlements.
"I think we have the answers to turn the sugar industry around and there really needs to be a better way for us to revitalise and bring it back to its former glory.
"We have thousands of people living in squatter settlements and I want to champion this cause to provide better security for people living in these settlements."
Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said he was happy to be working with Mr Sami.
"I had gone to him several times to ask to join us but he had some reservations but eventually he changed his mind and has agreed to be a candidate for NFP," he said.
"Mr Sami is a valuable member of this party and we are very fortunate to someone like him in our party."
Other new candidates announced yesterday included Lautoka businessman Rakesh Kumar and former Sigatoka school principal Satya Nand.