2018 General Election: FijiFirst leader hates being in the same room as NFP leader

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad and Prime Minister and FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. Pictures: FT FILE

FIJIFIRST leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he hates being in the same room as National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

He said NFP president Pio Tikoduadua’s attempt to compare himself with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was “like beauty and the beast”.

“Biman and I will never be the same and I hate being in the same room with him, and to compare Mr Khaiyum to Mr Tikoduadua is like beauty and the beast,” he told supporters at a family fun day in Labasa last Friday.

Mr Bainimarama said Government had to reduce its overseas trip meetings because of envy “from rival political parties”.

He said none of his rivals could equal his international achievements.

He said his rivals envied his role as President of the COP23, adding that under his administration Fiji has held the presidency of the United Nation’s General Assembly, chaired the G77 plus China talks, chaired the World Ocean Conference and nominated three weeks ago as part of the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee.

Meanwhile, Prof Prasad said Mr Bainimarama could blow his trumpet as long as he wanted considering they were into the last week of campaigns.

“He knows that we have acknowledged his role supporting him to the international forums and I supported Fiji’s bid to be in the human rights council,” he said.

“For the Prime Minister to go down that low and delve into cheap politics shows his arrogance and dictatorial stance on how he has controlled people under him.

“Ask the people of Fiji about his leadership and they will tell you of how it has been blown to the roof while people suffer with extremely low wages, deteriorating health services, the worst that this country has ever experienced including a declining sugar industry that they don’t know what to do about.

“Under their leadership Fiji is now settled with a debt of $5.72 billion meaning that people of this country need to pay $600 million a year to repay these debts.”