01 July 2021, Mulinuu Apia Samoa. The Faatuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi party’s choice for Deputy Speaker, Auapaau Mulipola Aloitafua has secured his seat after HRPP’s Ifopo Matia Filisi Jahnke announced his intention to withdraw his petition in Court today.
The matter was heard before Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai and Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma who set down an adjournment for the withdrawal to be advertised as required by Law.
Outside Court this morning, Auapaau and Ifopo stood together for media interviews in a picture of reconciliation and peace amidst supporters from the Aiga-i-le-Tai district.
Auapaau spoke in Samoan oratory to honor the tapuaiga of Aiga i le Tai and thanked the district and village of Manono for the trust given to him. He said he was grateful for the peaceful solution and especially acknowledged Ifopo for his grace and understanding to settle out of Court.
“E maniti lou tino i pisaga i lenei aso ua aumaia le tali faaaliali a Le Atua o lea ua filemu ai mea uma i lo tatou itumalo. Ia, aumaia laia la outou puleto, o le 5 tausaga o se taimi umi lava, ae pei ona outou tagatagai mai, e leai lava se mea o gase i le tatou itumalo, lea foi ua suiga malie mea uma ia maua ma le Susuga ia Ifopo Matia Filisi Jahnke, ia aumaia lo outou faatuatuaga.”
“As you can see, there is no conflict in our district, all is well between myself and Ifopo, give us your trust to lead our district”, he said.
Auapaau said Aiga i le Tai is known for maintaining the peace, and stressed the importance of good relations between supporters of the two political parties.
“O le itumalo lava lenei o le Aiga i le Tai o le tootoo lava o le filemu;
“O lei isi mea taua, ia tumau lave le filemu i le va o le isi pati ma le isi pati, ina ia maua le filemu o le tatou atunuu.”