The New Zealand Opposition leader, Phil Goff, says the role of Commodore Bainimarama in the bloody army mutiny in 2000 is his real motivation for continuing to hold power by removing the Constitution.
Eight people died in the mutiny, including four who were executed.
Mr Goff told Radio New Zealand's The Panel that the Commodore's fear of legal action over this is pivotal.
"It has been alleged that the command came from Commodore Bainimarama. That means that the day he looses power is the day he can he held responsible legally for his actions at that time, if they were as alleged."
The New Zealand Opposition leader, Phil Goff.