20,000 People In Papua New Guinea PM's District To Vote For Opponent

O'Neill faces challenge to retain seat

By Robet Tiki

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 4, 2017) – More than 20,000 people in the South Wiru local level government in the Ialibu Pangia electorate, Southern Highlands, have shown true solidarity to challenge Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in this election.

The last Wiruans made their stance clear through one of their intending candidates, Stanley Lirihyia, during his nomination at Pangia Station last week Thursday, with truckloads of more than 50 vehicles to show others of their full support. Mr Lirihyia, a lawyer by profession, has paid his fees and signed the form at about 4:06pm which was hailed as timely by the Assisting Returning Officer for Ialibu Pangia, Mr Samson Pulu.

Mr Lirihyia, after his nomination, told a huge crowd that he was contesting for the seat to represent the interest of the bulk of the people in the electorate.

‘‘I have no grudges against the PM. We the people in the district were lucky to have Mr O’Neill. He is our pride. We are being put on the limelight because we host the prime minister in our electorate, ’he said.

He, however, said everyone” is born in their own right to become a leader, but the position that they hold in the public office is not their birthright.’’

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