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Date Posted: Wed, Dec 27 2006, 01:55:21pm
Why the sudden change of heart between Ipatas and Pundari?
Has Pundari been given a few quids from the Engan Treasury courtesy of the Governor? If so, he must be a wealthy and content man, to ignore the suffering and cries of his people under such dimwitted, short-sighted leadership of the province! I would advise Engans to stop the corruption and abuse of office through such leaders, unless they want extortion and misappropriation to continue. Pundari and anyone affiliated to Ipatas or his so-called People's Party should be NEVER be elected.
Say "NO" to People's Party, AND "NO" to Ipatas!
"Birds of the same feather, stink together!" Ipatas should have his party renamed to "Corrupt People's Party".
The National, December 27 (2006)
Pundari backs Ipatas’ PM bid
By ISAAC NICHOLAS
TWO fierce rivals in Enga politics have decided to bury the hatchet and joined forces for next year’s general elections.
Former deputy prime minister John Pundari and Enga governor Peter Ipatas have join forces to run under new political party – People’s Party – in the hope of forming the next government and returning the first Prime Minister from Enga province.
“John Pundari has been my great opponent, a rival who challenged me in the regional seat in the last elections.
“But Mr Pundari will now be a candidate for the Kompiam Ambum Open seat,” Mr Ipatas said.
He said Mr Pundari, a former deputy prime minister and National Parliament speaker, would be an asset to People’s Party.
He is now the chairman of the party’s fundraising committee.
“We are no longer rivals but partners,” Mr Ipatas said.
Mr Pundari said Christmas “was a time when people celebrate the spirit of love, forgiveness and respect for one another”.
“Four years ago, we experienced that, we set aside our differences and decided to work together,” Mr Pundari said of his withdrawal of the election petition in the courts challenging Mr Ipatas’ election win.
“Our people are bigger than our differences. Our country is bigger than what we might have against each other. Our differences have been buried. We are bigger than our small problems,” Mr Pundari said.
He said ending their differences “will foster greater benefits in the leadership that both will provide and work together for the common good of the people”.
“I don’t see that its pays to allow pride and what you think to break what you can do together.”
Mr Pundari said he did not see any reason why Mr Ipatas cannot become the prime minister and would give him all the support to achieve that.
“The office of the prime minister is of high calling and Mr Ipatas has every qualification and experience.”
Mr Ipatas supported that statement, claiming that he came through from the “bottom” – from local level government level to national politics and knows the real problems facing the people.
“What I can provide in the province and I have done it, I can do it for the country,” he said.
The governor said he had observed that over the years when others run the country, “they were not decisive enough”.
“I run the council for 17 years and the province for the last 10 years without instability.”
“I believe, I have the experience, I know what the people want and we will provide that after the 2007 elections,” Mr Ipatas said.
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