Tabuya: SODELPA move will not kill PDP

FORMER People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Lynda Tabuya says her move to merge with the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) was not to kill the now suspended party.

Ms Tabuya said PDP was not dead.

With numerous criticisms being levelled against her for merging with SODELPA, the former leader, said the move was needed.

“It is a relationship of co-operation and unity, no legal relationship created,” she said.

“PDP is not dead. PDP continues to exist as a political party with a general secretary and treasurer.”

Ms Tabuya said PDP sent her and the party’s former vice-president, Vijay Singh, to realise the relationship of unity and co-operation with SODELPA.

“My call is to the PDP supporters who are out there is that this union is what we need so that we can solidify and take our workers issues at a larger stage because of the way the election rules are, if you don’t meet the five per cent threshold, then you lose your votes,” she said.

“This is what we have done, it was passed by the management board, as a result the decision was made and we signed the MOU.

“With the outpouring support of the move by PDP to join SODELPA has been overwhelming compared with a few incidents.

“I invite people to come and talk to us because knowledge is power and we would love to enlighten them about what is happening there.”

Ms Tabuya said the manifestos of SODELPA and PDP were similar and the parties stood for workers’ rights and just wages.

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