2018 General Election: Attacks against Rabuka not personal, says Draunidalo

HOPE party leader Tupou Draunidalo. Picture: FT FILE/JONACANI LALAKOBAU

HOPE Party leader Tupou Draunidalo says she does not have any personal grudges against SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

Speaking in a video posted by her party on their Facebook page last night, in response to questions from members of the public, Ms Draunidalo said she had nothing personal against the former prime minister rather the policies and what he represented.

“In my interactions over the years with Mr Rabuka maybe once twice or three times in the last 30 years, he has always conducted himself with decorum and so it is not a personal matter; and likewise, I’ve not gone out of my way to be rude personally to him. But when I talk about Mr Rabuka, I am talking about the kind of example that he is and what he sets may encourage copycats in the future,” Ms Draunidalo said.

The HOPE party leader said that a wrong message would be given to private investors if people voted the SODELPA leader back into parliament.

“And if you think this is fanciful, we only need to see what happened in 2006. Someone actually did copy him. Came and took over government, it also happened in 2000. People thought they could take the government by the force of arm so copycats have come out of the woodworks and if we keep saying to the rest of the world that it is okay if we elect these people to govern us, we can say it is none of anyone else’s business but of course private investors, their money is their business.”

Mr Rabuka said he did not want to comment on the matter.

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