Pio ready for suspension, refuses to apologise as Opposition MPs walk out
September 7, 2019 7:40 am
National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua has refused to apologise for his personal attack against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Speaking on the Privileges Committee’s recommendation and the amendment motion, Tikoduadua says he stands by his principle, virtue and honours the oath he took in parliament.
Tikoduadua insists that when he made the comments that the PM should look into his own house – he was referring to the FijiFirst and not Bainimarama’s family.
The MP said he cannot apologise for other’s interpretations of his words adding he knows what he said on the August 9th sitting.
“All that is said and I accept what everyone has said, but I only know what I feel. The Privileges Committee will tell you so many questions were raised about the honorable Prime Minister to me, I let out no word – not one – so I know what I said, I know what I meant.”
Tikoduadua says he stands with his honour and is ready to leave the house for six months as recommended by the Privileges Committee.
“I hope that I would consider to come to the House at the end of it. My mind and my conscience is clear.”
The Opposition MPS walked out of Parliament.
This following the vote on the amended motion, which was brought to Parliament by SODELPA MP, Ro Filipe Tuisawau.
This as 27 voted against the motion, 23 said yes and one did not vote.