When clearing the air on the arrival and refusal to include two more MPs yesterday, Marape said the team collectively decided to shut the gate at 12 noon.
“We respectfully refused one or two personal friends, for me I refused one personal friend whose a member of parliament who came in and I had to respect these two leaders here,” he said.
“It is no more about James Marape, it is no more about William Duma, it is no more about Patrick Pruaitch. It is about the team of likeminded leaders on this side of the house.
“I sacrificed a personal friend today and asked him, go back, stay at home until this team decide the next course of the way we’d like the team Laguna to move,” he said this after Kiriwina Goodenough MP Douglas Tomuriesa and Talasea MP Francis Maneke were not included in the Alternate Government team.
“On the 7th of May maybe it was not God’s timing. Today we have crossed the threshold of 56 with the inclusion of like-minded leaders who moved in, and our camp today at Laguna shut with 63 members in the house.
“This is not a funny business. These are leaders who sacrificed perks and privileges, comfort of office, and friendship.
“I sacrificed my friendship with Peter O’Neill but it’s nothing between Ialibu, Tari and Pangia anymore. This is about our country.
“The team collectively decided that the gate shut at 12 noon, who am I to not honor their views?” Marape added.
Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said they closed the gate at 12 noon because they have sufficient numbers to form the next government.
While the Opposition Camp has 63, over in Crown Hotel, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill after announcing he will step aside as PM, said he is confident the Government team will maintain a majority when parliament resumes sitting on Tuesday.
“Some of the outspoken governors who wanted the change now have the opportunity to support Sir Julius Chan, and not people who have no policy vision for the country so I am confident we will deliver the numbers and do everything possible to ensure that this is given a good chance.
Below is the list of the 63 confirmed Members of Parliament as announced by Marape at the Laguna Camp on Sunday evening:
1. Opposition Leader and MP for Aitape Lumi-Patrick Pruaitch
2. MP South Bougainville- Timothy Masiu
3. MP Moresby North-West - Sir Mekere Morauta
4. Governor East Sepik- Allan Bird
5. MP Vanimo Green- Belden Namah
6. MP Rabaul- Dr. Allan Marat
7. MP Sinesine Yongomul- Kerenga Kua
8. Governor Oro- Gary Juffa
9. Governor Eastern Highlands- Peter Numu
10. MP Namatanai- Walter Schnaubelt
11. MP Kavieng- Ian Ling- Stuckey
12. MP Wabag- Dr. Lino Tom
13. MP Madang- Bryan Kramer
14. MP Kairuku Hiri- Peter Iso Aimo
15. MP Nuku-Joe Sungi
16. MP North Fly- James Donald
17. MP South Fly- Segie Agisa
18. MP Kerema- Richard Mendani
19. MP Kandrian Gloucster- Joseph Lelang
20. MP North Bougainville- William Nakin
21. MP Huon Gulf- Ross Seymour
22. MP Bogia- Robert Naguri
23. MP Samarai Murua- Isi Henry Leonard
24. MP Angoram-Salio Waipo
25. Governor West Sepik- Tony Wouwou
26. MP Tari Pori- James Marape
27. Governor Enga- Sir Peter Ipatas
28. Governor Jiwaka- Dr. William Tongap
29. Governor Southern Highlands- William Powi
30. Governor Hela- Philip Undialu
31. MP Abau-Sir Puka Temu
32. Governor Manus- Charlie Benjamin
33. Governor West New Britain- Sasindran Muthuvel
34. Governor Western- Taboi Awi Yoto
35. Governor Morobe- Ginson Saonu
36. Governor Central- Robert Agarobe
37. MP Esa’ala-Davis Steven
38. MP Telefomin- Solan Mirisim
39. MP Komo Magarima- Manasseh Makiba
40. MP Maprik- John Simon
41. MP Wasara Gawi- Joseph Yopiyopi
42. MP Usino Bundi- Jimmy Uguro
43. MP Okapa- Saki Soloma
44. MP Karamui Nomane- Jeffery Kama
45. MP Daulo- Pogoi Gate
46. MP Lae-John Rosso
47. MP Finschhafen- Rainbow Paita
48. MP Goilala- William Samb
49. MP Tawai Siassi- Dr. Kobby Bomarea
50. MP Chuave- Wera Mori
51. MP Imbongu- Pila Niningi
52. MP Mt. Hagen- William Duma
53. MP Gazelle- Jelta Wong
54. MP Bougainville-Joe Lera
55. MP Middle Ramu- Jonny Alonk
56. MP Obura Wonenara- Mehrra Kipefa
57. MP Kundiawa Gembongl- William Onglo
58. MP Sohe-Henry Amuli
59. MP Anglimp South Wagih- Joe Kuli
60. Governor Simbu- Michael Dua
61. MP Lagaip Pogera- Tomait Kapili
62. MP Ijivitari- Richard Masere
63. MP Kombiam Ambum- John Pundari