Political allegiances were put aside when chiefs of Fiji’s largest province expressed support for President Ratu Josefa Iloilo.
A delegation of about 70 from 21 districts of Ba, paid the traditional visit to Iloilo last Friday.
They were led by Ba Provincial Council chairman Ratu Meli Saukuru, a member of ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase’s government.
“We decided at the recent meeting of Ba chiefs to visit one of our own, the Tui Vuda,” explains Ratu Meli.
“Members of the province and districts hold different political views and differ on the President’s decision to abrogate the Constitution. But that was not on our mind, we saw him as one of us.
“Right now he is all alone and he needs our support.”
Ratu Meli adds that during the council meeting, he urged the members to lend their support to the current administration.
“That’s all we can do now because there is no other boat going, only this boat….we might as well get on board.
“We can’t wait around for five years or argue because there is no Constitution to rely on.”
According to members of the delegation, Ratu Iloilo was touched by the visit and hosted the group to a scrumptious meal at his official residence in Suva.