Two more MPs to leave PNC due to O’Neill’s leadership


TWO MPs say they are leaving the ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) party because they are dissatisfied with the leadership of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin and Okapa MP Saki Soloma announced their resignation yesterday.
They were with Tari-Pori MP James Marape who said he would wait for tomorrow’s party caucus before deciding on whether to hand in his resignation letter.
Benjamin voiced his lack of trust in O’Neill and dissatisfaction in the way decisions were made including the one on the Lombrum Base.
“We hosted the asylum seekers, and now Australia and the US (for the naval base). We as leaders of the province have never been consulted. Nothing was done for the people. Now it is time,” he said.
“My people are calling and I will answer their call by resigning from the People’s National Congress.”