I cannot please everybody – Sir Puka Temu
May 8, 2017 – ABAU, CENTRAL
REPORT BY FIDELIS SUKINA
Sir Puka Temu says he has done much in the past 15 years as member for Abau, but even he cannot please everyone.
He said that much still has to be done.
Sir Puka was speaking at Maopa Number Two in the Aroma rural local level government area at the weekend at the start of his re-election campaign.
“I cannot please everybody – God, as powerful as he is, cannot please everybody. We have been fixing roads, building classrooms, health centres, aid-posts, helping churches and helping to build infrastructure in the churches. We have hosted many traditional programs in sports and regional church programs.”
“But still, there are people who need basic services like housing and after the elections, we have a fund going that we will ensure people living in most affected areas have roofing iron, solar lights and water tanks in the Cloudy Bay area,” Sir Puka said
He said that he was open to criticism and those criticisms would not go unnoticed. He will be getting them on board and addressing them if re-elected.
“My instruction I repeat today is this: if a candidate is spoiling me, it’s their right. I am the sitting member. We haven’t done everything; we still have a lot to do. When they are criticising us, I don’t want you to get up and tell them to shut up.”
“You just have to listen because we also want to know the criticism too because we are going to win. We want to bring in the criticism; move it into our program and deliver the best program ever for the next five years.”
Sir Puka said was chosen by his Abau people for the three terms because they knew he had qualities of a good leader, and that was finally sealed by the grace of God.
“Because you are people of God, when you vote in a leader, God has the final decision.
So before I launch my campaign for the 2017 election, I want to acknowledge God for his faithfulness and Grace towards me despite who I am. Despite what people say, the
Lord has been faithful to me because I know the reason why he has allowed me to serve you for 15 years, three consecutive terms because my heart is right to serve the people of Abau,” he said.
Sir Puka Temu arrives at Vanua Avuna to launch his election campaign over the weekend.