Confusion: Pangu resignations not tendered, Yopiyopi says he’s still Melanesian Alliance leader

In what’s turning out to be a complicated political mess, Pangu Pati Executives,  say  they have not received formal resignations from the Sam Basil faction  that  joined the new look Melanesian Alliance.

Adding to the confusion,  the Member for Wosera-Gawi,  Joseph Yopyyopy,  says he is still the leader of the Melanesian Alliance Party and that  Basil should back off.

“What Sam Basil did was uncalled for. I am still the  party leader of Melanesian Alliance.  They have gone ahead and changed the  party logos.  I want to let them know that I am here at Laguna. They should be here.”

Wosera-Gawi MP, Joseph Yopiyopi

But joining the Laguna camp is highly unlikely for the Bulolo MP and others who became Melanesian Alliance members  this week.  On Tuesday, after the parliament session,  Sam Basil and six other former Pangu MPs announced  that   their  expression of interest to join the party had been accepted.

Meanwhile,  Pangu’s General Secretary, Morris Tovebae, told an earlier  news conference this morning that ‘former’  MPs who have joined the  Melanesian Alliance  have not formally resigned  which means, Basil’s lot are still,  on paper,  Pangu MPs.

“I am extending  an invitation to Sam Basil and other MPs who joined Melanesian Alliance that they are still welcome to join.  The door is still open.

The Registrar of Political Parties  has called on the  Pangu and the Melanesian Alliance parties  to  sort out the confusion today.

Scott Waide

is the Lae Bureau Chief and began his career with EMTV in 1997 as a News and Sports Reporter and Anchor and has been a media professional for over 19 years. Having previously worked as a Producer and Researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Port Moresby Bureau, he is a recipient of multiple awards including the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Prize in 2005 in Iran for best news feature, the Pacific Island News Association Award and the Divine Word University Media Freedom Award.

Scott Waide