"I'll leave it to God," veteran politician says about election heat
Veteran Member of Parliament for Fa'asaleleaga No. 4, Peseta Tevaga Vaifou, says he is not "bothered" by the new candidates who have signed up with the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) in a bid to unseat him.
Nine months out from the General Election in April, two confirmed candidates who are up against the Associate Minister of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet include Matafeo Se'inafolava Reupena and Vui Lance Lameko.
Peseta said he welcomes the competition, even from other candidates flying the H.R.P.P. flag.
"To me it's a good thing that there are other candidates," Peseta said.
"When I heard that there are other candidates contesting for the seat of our constituency, I was quite happy. This is where we will discover where the support of the people is.
"We will find out after the election who people will vote for to represent our constituency."
Peseta said he has had delegations from different villages visit him.
"A few weeks ago, one of the villages from the constituency came and visited me," Peseta said.
"They came in to see me for a different matter but then (they) informed me that there is a candidate from their village contesting in the upcoming election. I am not a matai from that particular village but my advise to the matai that visited me was to go ahead and give that candidate their support.
"I welcome the new candidates and I want the villages where these candidates are running from to give them their support."
But Peseta truly believes that God and the people will choose the right person at the right time.
"I will leave it to God to decide," Peseta said.
"For our village too, we never know and we are not sure if there is someone who will contest from our village, we still have a long time to go before the election, but will run under a different political party.
"We can never tell and nothing has been finalized yet. There are more to come and I have a feeling there will be more.
"As for me, I will leave it to the people and to God. If they decide to vote someone new to represent them in Parliament, I will be happy. There are other places and other calling that I can go to and serve, if they do not vote me in, I will happily accept it."