Salelologa accepts Fiu's withdrawal
The village of Salelologa has accepted the decision by businessman, Fiu Gasologa Foloki, to withdraw his candidacy for next year's General Election.
The decision was confirmed by the village's spokesperson, Taotua Ioane Matamua, after they met on Monday to discuss the matter.
Taotua said the businessman was invited to the meeting but was not present because he had other matters to attend to.
"But he (Fiu Gasologa) came to me in the morning, informed me and explained why he decided to pull out from the election race," Taotua told the Samoa Observer.
"According to Fiu, his decision to withdraw his name as an election candidate derives mainly from his respect and love for the village of Salelologa. His main concern is that the village and families might be divided because of the issues among the candidates."
While Taotua said the elders are sad that Fiu could not pursue his wish to run his election, they applaud his bravery and fully support his decision.
"Tapa'au and Salelologa are happy and grateful to Fiu for the decision he made. As I told your newspaper before, our village had given Fiu and Sili our full support for the upcoming election.
"However, we cannot force people to run if they change their minds. So we thank Fiu for the decision that he made, we know it wasn't an easy decision to make, but we are grateful to him. He is still young, and he can still pursue his dream in the future if it's God's will."
For now, Taotua said the village channel their support towards incumbent M.P. and Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti and a female candidate, Matamua Vasati, who is flying the Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) banner.
"We wish both candidates the best with the election," said Taotua.
"God will choose the next tofi (representative) for Tapa'au and Salelologa."
Contacted for a comment on Monday, Fiu declined.
"I don't want to talk about that issue anymore," he said. "The only thing right now is to move forward."