Pio calls out ‘trend’

National Federation Party president and Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua. Picture: RAMA/FILE

National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua has called the FijiFirst party out for using official Government social media platforms to attack Opposition parties.

In a statement, Mr Tikoduadua said it was a worrisome trend that Government social media accounts, paid for by Fijian taxpayers were being used to further the FijiFirst agenda.

He claims the latest attack was a video of Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum “correcting Opposition misinformation” to drum up support for Fiji Airways after NFP leader Biman Prasad dubbed it an airline that Fiji could not afford.

Requests for a response to Mr Tikoduadua’s statement were sent to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, but remained unanswered when this edition went to press last night.

The Government spends millions of dollars in public relations “strategy” only to end up using rather childish and petty tactics by using “Fijian Government” pages as an attack platform against Opposition parties, says National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua.

In a statement Mr Tikoduadua said the official Fijian Government social media platforms, paid for by the Fijian taxpayer, was being abused, used as a weapon against other political parties ahead of the 2022 General Election to further the FijiFirst party’s agenda.

“It has become a worrisome trend in Fiji that official Government social media, paid for by the Fijian taxpayer, is being used to attack Opposition parties,” he said.

He claimed the latest attack, a video of the Attorney-General supposedly “correcting Opposition misinformation” is an attempt to drum up support for Fiji Airways — an airline company that the NFP leader, Biman Prasad labeled as one we “can’t afford”.

“This is yet another example of a government that is pulling out all the stops to stay in power because Fijian Government social media is not included in the 48-hour blackout before an election.”

He said NFP called on the FijiFirst party to stop using taxpayer-funded social media to push their narratives.

Requests for a response to Mr Tikoduadua’s statement were sent to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum but remained unanswered when this edition to press.

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