“We did not move to be Prime Minister,” Hela Governor Philip Undialu said in response to Minister for Higher Education Pila Niningi.
“Prime Minister’s job is not a birthright of Hela and Southern Highlands Province leaders. Those of us who moved away from PNC party to team up with the opposition call ourselves Papua New Guineans and not Hela/SHP faction,” Mr Undialu said in a statement yesterday.
He was responding to Mr Niningi expressing his disappointment at James Marape’s withdrawal as alternate Prime Minister.
“James Marape didn’t move to Laguna to be PM but to change Peter O’Neill as PM because of many reasons we gave already. When the opportunity was given of course we took it. But now in order for us to accomplish our mission, we have to put it on the table,” he said.
Mr Undialu said Mr Marape was the one who proposed to the Opposition Leader as mover and Sir Puka as seconder to withdraw the motion and not the other way around.
“At the provincial level, what is the use of having Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Works Minister, Works Secretary and all the department key Ministers and department or SOE heads when we cannot even seal roads with electricity from Mendi to Kutubu/Moran, Nipa to Tari and to Komo and Kopiago?” he asked.
“I therefore, call on Pila Niningi not to use the good name of Hela and SHP to protect and promote greed and selfishness.
Hela and SHP is all about sharing and caring.
Yes our fathers laboured in plantations, yet they called themselves Papua New Guineans.
Yes, we continue to support national budgets through our oil and gas revenue sources, but we are content with it. What is sickening is when our own son is being PM for 7 solid years and we still cannot fix our provinces.
“Let me inform Mr Niningi that Undialu, Marape, Powi, Makiba and others moved to opposition not to get PM’s job. We went there to change PM.
“I ask Mr Niningi to withdraw his shallow thinking and stand up for this country. PNG is bigger than Hela, SHP or one individual for that matter,” Mr Undialu said.