Immediately afterthe elections West New Beitain Province was all opposition.
Today all members representing that province are withthe government.
The defection of Kandrian Gloucester MP Joseph Lelang fromthe opposition tothe government bench completesthe shift.
Only weeks ago, Lelang pleaded withthe LLeadersip Court to remain as an MP; he did that as a member ofthe opposition. The courts found him guilty but only fined him.
Today he sat next to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
The Prime Minister welcomed an additional member not just to his government numbers but to his PNC party. He was quick to point out thatthere were no enticements.
Lelang’s mover isthe latest in what some political analysts say an opposition exodus to government. He isthe 4th opposition MP to mover in as many weeks.
The thers are Komo Magarima MP Francis Potape, Lufa MP and West New Beitain Governor Muthuvel Sasindra and Talasea MP Francis Marus. Earlier it wasthe member for Goilala Daniel Mona.
The movers place opposition leader Belden Namah in a weak spot when it comes to major legislations or constitutional amendments.