Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says his political party will not go into coalition with any other party after this year’s general elections.
He is aiming for a clean sweep in the 50-seat parliament.
Mr Bainimarama said winning all the 50 seats would make things easy for his party to deliver much-needed service to the people.
“We know that when we have opposition in Parliament, they will always go against any positive move made by the Government,” he said.
He said that his party would have a totally different manifesto.
He said this UFDF coalition just wanted to remove him from leadership and also the reforms that his Government had put in place.
This, he said, would be very difficult, especially when the Constitution clearly stipulated that any change in legislation would require three-quarters of votes in parliament and also the support of three quarters of the people after a referendum.
Ro Teimumu Kepa, SODELPA’s leader, in her maiden speech said: “We look forward to taking him on in a free and fair election and subjecting him to a resounding defeat.”
The PM welcomed this comment and said it had made him more determined to contest the elections.
He described this coaltion as a marriage of convenience.
“This marriage of convenience and without any principle by the NFP leader and his officials is a direct affront to the founders of NFP (AD Patel, Siddiq Koya and James Madhavan) who always pushed for a common roll, fought for the rights of all Fijians under the notion of common and equal citizenry and the principle of ‘one person, one vote, one value’. They have lost their way.
“Of course the leader of the Labour Party, who is well known for his chameleon behaviour simply to stay in power at all costs, is in bed with the very people he accused of being racist and corrupt only a few years ago,” Mr Bainimarama said.
He said his party would be formed soon and work had already started on the registration of names for the registration of the party.