Salelologa meets over Minister of Finance's petition
A spokesperson for Salelologa, Taotua Ioane, has confirmed that the Village Council met on Saturday morning to discuss a petition filed by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, against businessman and candidate, Fiu Gasologa Foloki.
In a telephone interview with the Samoa Observer, Taotua said he was advised about the petition on Friday night and immediately called for the Village Council to meet on Saturday morning.
He made it clear that in previous meetings, the village had endorsed both Sili and Fiu's candidacies.
“Whoever wins the election is our representative,” said Taotua on the village’s resolution in their previous meeting.
“But we have been told that the Minister Sili Epa has taken Fiu to Court but Salelologa is not used to such behaviour.
“That was the matter discussed in the village fono and it was agreed that Seumanu [matai] from the sub-village of Sili will advise him of the village decision to withdraw his case.
“Should he decide to proceed with the case – then he should be prepared to be removed from Salelologa.”
Taotua added that he believes that the villagers should live in harmony as the Lord asked his children to do so.
Attempts to get a comment from the Minister Sili Epa have been unsuccessful.
Fiu Gasologa was also contacted for a comment and confirmed he received a notice of his petition on Friday night.
The businessman that operates a bonus agency at Vailoa suspects that the petition is in relation to his police records.
“I am waiting for my lawyer to look into it and prepare my case,” he added.
Fiu is one of three candidates that had their nomination approved to contest from Fa’asaleleaga I constituency.
The other candidate is a female flying the Fa’atuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) banner – Matamua Seumanu Pulufana.
The petition will be called in the Supreme Court on Monday for mention to schedule the hearing date.