Olo prefers herring, welcomes opponent
Outspoken Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has welcomed his female opponent who will run against him for the Salega East Seat in the 2021 General Election.
The Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) Assistant C.E.O. [Health Protection and Enforcement], Mae’e Ualesi Silva, has declared her candidacy for the seat that Olo currently holds and will run under the ruling Human Rights Protection Party.
While Olo respects the decision of his rival to run under the ruling H.R.P.P. banner, he said he will not be lured into joining a party “so he can eat corned beef.”
Instead the M.P. said he prefers sharing fish from can of mackerel with his constituency and the country than to eat corned beef on his own.
“The Prime Minister often says that those joining H.R.P.P. want to eat corned beef while others that don’t are eating herring fish can,” said the M.P.
“But let me say this, I don’t want to eat corned beef while my constituency and country are eating herrings.
“That is the difference between candidates and their preference over political parties. I joined the race to fight for what is good for the constituency and the country and not what’s best for me.”
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi recently praised Mae’e over her decision to contest under the H.R.P.P. banner.
Tuilaepa claimed that those joining the party are those who want to eat corned beef rather than herring fish offered by other political parties.
But Olo said if he had wanted to eat corned beef he would have made the decision to switch in the past so he can enjoy beef brisket.
He added that the decision for who will occupy the seat will rest with the constituency and he will accept what the outcome will be.
“I respect whatever my constituency decides and if I’m not doing my job that I was supposed to do then the decision rests in their hands,” he added.
“I welcome my opponents and I wish them all the best for the upcoming race and let the voters decide our fate.”
Olo had been an M.P. for three parliamentary terms with two of those terms in the Gagaemauga no2 constituency before he contested in the Salega seat.