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.”
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.