Saonu is interim Pangu Pati leader
10 May, 2019, 1:40 pm
PORT MORESBY,10 MAY 2019 (POST COURIER) —Governor of Morobe Ginson Saonu is now the interim Pangu Pati leader.
His appointment came after a Pangu Pati Council meeting’s decision on April 29.
In a news conference Thursday Saonu confirmed that six other members have remained with the party despite the political twists and turns seen over the last couple of weeks.
He said the party still had a parliamentary wing despite the resignation of its members led by Member for Bulolo Sam Basil.
“Out of its 15 members, we were left with 14 after the party leader was expelled, from the 14, 13 resigned with me remaining as the only party member, I did not resign.”
Six other members have also remained with Pangu and they are Member for Tawae-Siassi Dr Kobby Bomareo, Member for Finschhafen Renbo Paita, Member for Goilala William Samb, Governor for Central Robert Agorobe, Member for Lae John Rosso and Member for Huon Gulf Ross Seymour.
“Pangu is an institution, and has attached itself closely with the history of this country,” Mr Saonu said.
“Let me assure the Pangu Pati members, supporters and the entire nation that Pangu is bigger than any one individual, because it is an institution, it has survived over the years and will be here in many years to come.”
“We have reunited and Pangu still has a parliamentary wing.
“We want to thank former party leader and Member for Bulolo Sam Basil for his contribution to the party which saw us win majority seats in Morobe and other provinces.
“Unfortunately, differences between Basil and party executives have led to a fall out despite many attempts for a compromise.
“But we are together as a team, me and my other six members, and we will serve under the banner of Pangu.”
Meanwhile, barely a week of fast changes and developments in Pangu and Melanesian Alliance party allegiances and affiliations, differences have arisen over their legalities and protocol.
They include Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu who has now been elected Pangu Pati parliamentary leader and Wosera-Gawi MP Joseph Yopyopy who is adamantly clinging to the MA parliamentary leadership despite Bulolo MP Sam Basil’s elevation to the post last week.
And the Pangu executive is insisting their Members who exited with Basil to join MA have not officially resigned from the party.
All these matters came to light during a news conference called to announce the appointment of Governor Saonu taking on the Pangu leadership and Yopyopy grabbing the opportunity to put the record straight