By Jack Lapauve Jnr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
In what appears to be a significant power shift within the Prime Minister’s People’s National Congress party, three governors have resigned in the last hour.
Enga’s Sir Peter Ipatas, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi and Hela’s Phillip Undialu have resigned from the PNC.
The move is a major development in the PNC. Sir Peter, Undialu and Powi have been the PNC’s strongest allies and an important links between the party and other Highlands MPs.
The three governors made the announcement at a news conference today. They were accompanied by Jiwaka Governor, Dr William Tongamp.
In announcing his resignation, the Enga Governor said his move follows close consultation with his people. He thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity to serve in the PNC government.
Hela Governor, Phillip Undialu, was less diplomatic. In a statement, he outlined his reasons for exiting the party which included the loss of confidence in the Prime Minister’s leadership, the delay in earthquake disaster funds and a general dissatisfaction amongst other MPs.
The resignation follows the exit of high ranking ministers – James Marape and Davis Steven.