Out of luck – one military man too many, so no invite for you
Frank loves to keep people waiting. Just over three weeks ago FDN reported that Inia Seruiratu was being kept waiting for his invite to join the FrankFirst candidates list. Last Friday Frank announced his first batch of candidates. No Seruiratu! Then we learned that Tikoduadua and two military buddies now serving as Commissioners were resigning after their invites arrived. Now Seruiratu has wasted no time in throwing down the gauntlet. He’s made some blunt statements that put his head on the chopping block. He’s revealed that 4000 farmers whose land leases have been renewed are still sitting on idle land. He also revealed that agriculture’s contribution to national income has dropped from 20% to 9% under Bainimarama. That’s a drop of more than half. He’s also said bluntly that not enough is being done and what’s more he’s said this as the interim Minister under Bainimarama. Will he be sacked? Or will he get his endorsement as a FrankFirst candidate to shut him up. Unlike any other party, this will not be a decision made by any kind of democratic process within the party. It will be the dictator’s call. Frank has probably been told that Seruiratu would be one military candidate too many but Frank hasn’t told him. Seruiratu should resign and seek nomination from a party that will consider him as a candidate via a proper process.