P.M. accuses Palusalue of ditching Tautua Samoa

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has accused the former Leader of the Tautua Samoa Party, Palusalue Fa’apo II, of ditching the opposition party that he formerly led. 

Tuilaepa claims that Palusalue is among candidates who have been lured by former Cabinet Minister La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt’s party that was recently registered. 

He is referring to the Fa’atuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi party formed by La’auli after he announced his verbal resignation in Parliament. 

“He should’ve gone back to Tautua and accept the new leadership,” said Tuilaepa in a press conference with the media at the H.R.P.P. headquarter in Petesa on Tuesday. 

There were eight new candidates registered with H.R.P.P. yesterday with the total number of candidates including incumbent M.Ps for the political party rising to 110. 

“He [Palusalue] has left and gone with the new party it reflects on the kind of leader that he is that is easily swayed by words. 

“So it’s a waste of time [for him to run] in the constituency, these are not the qualities of a leader.”  

Tuilaepa added that a leader should not be easily persuaded, not knowing where to stand. 

Contacted for a comment, former Leader of Tautua Samoa, Palusalue Fa’apo II denies that he has joined F.A.S.T. 

“I’m not with F.A.S.T. or Tautua, I’m just sitting here on my own,” he said. 

“Let him [Tuilaepa] talk. I will make a statement near nomination period in October.” 

Earlier this week, La’auli confirmed that the party has attracted 10 candidates from other political parties including the H.R.P.P. and Tautua. 

He did not name them but emphasised that the candidates decision to back F.A.S.T. was made of their own freewill. 

President of Tautua Samoa, Afualo Dr. Wood Salele was not worried when he was approached about the issue. 

He said there are a few candidates from the party who are swinging around but the majority of them are standing firm for the party. 

“We will know pure gold when its put in the fire,” said Afualo. 

“We are not swayed by promises and we have been there and the game is not easy. 

“But once you become a rolling stone then people won't believe in you.” 

The President remains optimistic that losing as a candidate is rather a blessing in disguise than a curse. 

He said the main goal is for opposition political parties to score enough candidates to take over Government. 

Afualo also confirmed that even the Tautua Party has gained the support of some candidates from the Samoa First Party who will be contesting under their banner. 

He said the party is working with the political parties to consolidate their candidates and work together to defeat the ruling party. 

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