Marape welcomes Niningi to alternative govt camp

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By REBECCA KUKU
THE call for a change in government crosses cultural ties, says Tari-Pori MP James Marape.
Marape made the statement after Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister and Imbonggu MP Pila Niningi resigned from the ruling People’s National Congress Party (PNC) and his ministerial portfolio to join the alternative government at the Laguna Hotel.
“We welcome like-minded leaders and thank the Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister and member for Imbonggu Pila Niningi,” Marape said yesterday.
“We know that it was a very difficult decision for you and seeing that the Imbonggu electorate shares borders with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s electorate Ialibu-Pangia.
“But again, like I said this call for change crosses cultural ties and is for Papua New Guinea.”
Niningi said that it was a tough decision for him to make but it had to be done for the sake of the people.
“I thank Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to serve in his cabinet, but for the interest of the people I must now join like-minded leaders.”
“It’s time now for change, and it is in you young leaders’ hands to form the government.
“I as a father, will stand with you and support you.”
Meanwhile, Sohe MP Henry Amuli has returned to the Laguna camp.

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