A faction of the oldest party in country, the Pangu Party have broken ranks and joined the Member for Tari- Pori James Marape’s camp as they lobby to make a change in the countries leadership.
The seven are Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, Central Governor Robert Agarobe, and Member for Goilala William Samb, Member for Sohe Henry John Amuli, Member for Finschhafen Rainbo Paita, and Member for Lae John Roso and Member for Tawai-Siasi Dr. Kobby Bomareo.
Central Governor Robert Agarobe, said they official resigned as members of Pangu and the departure was done yesterday after their caucus meeting.
“After the departure from Pangu, we like to consolidate ourselves and team up with the Marape camp and see where we go from here,” said the governor.
“Today is just to show our support and here to actually change the O’Neill government because we believe we are a young team and the country needs a new direction.”
The Morobe governor,who was concerned about the way the government is dealing with the natural resource sector, said bad decisions in extracting the resources have for over the years seen the country depleted of natural resources with nothing much to show for.
“I can honestly say that we have abused the nation, we have not treated our people the way they should be treated,” he said.
“We now have to stop somewhere and the duties and responsibilities to make change is with the people who are mandated, it’s us.”
Meanwhile, Marape thanked the seven members for joining his camp, which now has boosted the number to a total of 29 members.
Also joining the Marapa camp earlier during the day yesterday were nine other members, including the Health Minister Sir Puka Temu and Defence Minister Solan Mirisim. .
Marape also indicated that they will be meeting up with the Opposition team today, which currently has 24 members in its camp.