The National, Wednesday 25th July, 2012
MEMBER-elect for Abau Sir Puka Temu says he wants to be in a government that is fair, matured and had respect for state institutions.
The Our Development Party leader was declared winner for the Abau open seat yesterday in Port Moresby. This will be his third term in parliament.
He said despite his desire to be the next prime minister he is open and ready to support any leader who wants peace, stability, unity and has the people and country at heart.
“I want the O’Neill-Namah regime to run the country, but I want both leaders to reconcile first,” he said.
“I am attracted by a leadership that is decisive and fair and the regime we formed on Aug 2 (2011) has shown that,” he said.Hundreds of supporters gathered yesterday at his Manu Autoport home in Port Moresby to congratulate him.
Sir Puka polled 12,300, a 6,327 margin against his nearest rival Kelly Onne, who polled 5,973.
He described the election in Abau this year as one of the toughest since he began his political career.
He said many prominent people in the electorate stood but the people of Abau had confidence in his leadership.
His immediate aim is to finish all the incomplete projects he left in his electorate last year. That included the upgrading and sealing of all feeder roads in the electorate and the revitalisation of agricultural projects.
He said health and education would also see improvements.
“I thank my people in Abau for voting me into office for the third time,” he said.