Aisake Eke, the Parliament Representative for Tongatapu 5 was awarded with a doctor of philosophy in business administration which he completed at the University of South Queensland in Australia.
Eke was a civil servant and a former Secretary for Finance at the Tonga Treasury.
Resigning from the civil service in 2010 he declared standing as an independent candidate for the 2010 parliamentary election.
After his election to parliament he joined the ‘Temo’, Tongan for Demo, referred by many to the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands.
The party gathered at the ʻOholei Beach Resort this week to celebrate Eke’s achievement which they say it was a “Quality time” for the party and Eke’s achievement is a source of inspiration for the people of Tonga.
The gathering was the first event by the members to publicly show their unity since some of them who took ministerial posts in the government returned to the party before the 2012 vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister Lord T’u’ivakano took place.
Joining Eke in the special event were, Leader ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Semisi Sika – Tongatapu 2, ‘Isileli Pulu – Tongtapau 4, Sione Havea Taione – Tongatapu 8, Falisi Tupou -Tongatapu 9 and Semisi Tapueluelu – Tongatapu 10, Mo’ale Finau – Ha’apai 12 and Sunia Fili – the ’Eua representative.
Haʻapai 13 Representative ʻUliti Uata and Dr Sitiveni Halapua did not attend the celebration.
Sione Havea Taione, the Party’s secretary, said they have officially removed Sangstar Saulala for Tongatapu 7 and Siosifa Tuʻutafaiva for Tongatapu 4 from their members list. The two have defected and took up ministerial posts in the government of Lord Tuʻivakano.