Former M.P. withdraws candidacy
Former Member of Parliament, Tuia Paepae Letoa, has withdrawn his candidacy from the 2021 General Election.
In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Tuia, who is also the Vice Chairman of Samoa Airways, said his decision to step back from contesting next year is to allow for another high chief from Vaie’e to run.
“I have control over my heart and give my respect for Te’o Faitele to represent our village,” Tuia said.
“It is not nice to have two leading chiefs from the same village going in the election, especially in terms of the village council sitting.”
Tuia said he had been preparing for the election for a long time. Despite his preparations, however, he said there is no point wanting to run when there is a risk that it creates a conflict the village does not need.
Tuia said he has withdrawn his candidacy registration from the Human Rights Protection Party this week.
“It is difficult for me to run for the reasons I had mentioned," he said. "Also my other cousin [Va’atausili] is running too from Tafitoala.
“That is the reason why I have withdrawn out of respect for Te’o and also Va’atausili who is a brother to me, although he is my cousin.”
Now that he has withdrawn his candidacy, Tuia believes that God has other plans for him.
He will continue to serve the Government through his Board of Director position in the Samoa Airways.