A WELL-PLACED People's Democratic Party source has revealed that the former party spokesman Nirmal Singh was fired from his role on Monday 20 January 2014 by the Executive Board following a highly acrimonious showdown in Suva when the Board members confronted him over his several unauthorized statements to the media lavishing praise on the regime's Budget and other ill-informed statements (see right-hand column)
The Board confronted him on Monday morning, about why he defied party directives, policies and principles. The "One-Man Showman" flew into frenzied rage, screaming and shouting at his party inquisitors, and said that he was leaving the party for good.
It is understood that he then went to the Fiji Sun saying that he would be deciding his future with the party next weekend. This appeared in the Wednesday 29 January 2014 Fiji Sun.
The source accused Singh of misleading the SUN: "It seems he ran to the media to make out to the people of Fiji that he was quitting the party because of trade unionsists Felix Anthony and Daniel Urai."
The truth, the source claims, is that Singh is no longer party spokesman. He had harboured ambitions to lead the party instead of party president Adi Sivia Qoro.
The source says Singh even deployed "scare tactic" by disclosing that he was recently approached by the regime's self-appointed Attorney-General and Minister for Elections Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum to join Frank Bainimarama's proposed new party.
Nirmal Singh has not responded to questions e-mailed to him.
It is widely believed that Singh will cross-over to Bainimarama's party in the coming months.
STARVED OF PUBLICITY! Former PDP's spokesman Nirmal Singh was booted out on 20 January by party big wigs. It's not true, as Fiji Sun reports, that he will consider his position with the party at the weekend.