PM wanted apology from MP

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama outside Parliament. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had asked Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau that suspended Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua apologise to him.

Mr Bainimarama met Ratu Epeli on the afternoon of August 9 to apologise to Parliament and propose a meeting with Mr Tikoduadua.

“I offered my apologies to the Speaker for what transpired in Parliament, but I also told the Speaker that day that I wanted to apologise to honourable Pio Tikoduadua but he should also apologise to me for what he said, and that was the understanding that we had on that afternoon with honourable Speaker,” Mr Bainimarama told the Parliamentary Privileges Committee.

“If you said he wanted me to go and apologise to him in his village, but he knew where my house is, why did he not come and apologise to me in my house?

“To tell you the truth, I do not know where his village is, seriously.

“There is no need to go to his village, why should I go to his village, we can do it here. Does honourable Pio Tikoduadua want to do it in my village?”

When questioned whether he was willing to apologise to Mr Bainimarama for the claims he made against him, Mr Tikoduadua said: “What would I apologise for? For him attacking me?”

Mr Tikoduadua was suspended from Parliament for six months on September 6 after he opted not to apologise to Parliament.

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