Sam Basil

Reasons explaining move to be released: Basil

Today Prime Minister Peter O’Neil officially announced the move following days of speculations.

Sam Basil however did not give detailed information of the move.

He said he will be releasing a paid “advertisement” in the daily papers fully explaining the move.

But the once anti-PNC campaigner said Papua New Guineans have chosen the Government and now Pangu has done the same.

 “We want the speculation to be put to rest that we have made out decision and we are happy to be joining hands with PNC.”

Pangu split confirmed

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made the announcement today.

Basil moved with all the Pangu MPs from Morobe Province, including Central Province, Sohe and Lufa.

Listed are names of MPs that made the switch:

Basil neither confirms or denies rumours

PNG Loop spoke to Basil today, who stated that if anything were official he would call a media conference like he usually does.

Basil’s tone was harsh when this Journalist called him to verify if rumours on social media were true.

“If anything we will call a media conference,” said Basil.


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This he said must be reasoned out, depending on the verification of cost of service delivery in each district.  


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Basil wants more Shadow Ministries

Basil said currently there are only 14 Shadow Ministries funded for the Opposition ranks which has been the norm since independence.

He said the funding will allow shadow ministers to adequately keep in check the Ministers in Government.

Basil plans to ask the Opposition coalition to make a submission to the Parliamentary Council to fund 

“If the government has 33 Ministries, we want 33 Shadow Ministries in the opposition so that we can effectively put up policies against the government on the floor.

Five MPs join PANGU

The MPs include former Prime Minister and Moresby North-West MP, Mekere Morauta, Central Province Governor Robert Agarobe, Rigo MP Lekwa Gure, Wabag MP Dr Lino Tom and South Fly MP Sekie Agisa.

In a media conference in Port Moresby, PANGU Leader Sam Basil announced the addition of the five MPs.

Basil said as a major party in the Opposition, they will move to consolidate their political priorities and pathway. This is mainly focused in agriculture, women and family, church partnership, decentralisation, economic reforms, law and justice, Bougainville and governance.

“We are fighting to remove poor leadership”

This was reiterated in press conference today by Pangu Party leader and member elect for Bulolo, Sam Basil upon welcoming also the new Governor of Morobe Province, Ginson Goheyu Saonu.

Basil made this calling to the member elect for Kabwum, Patrick Basa stating that PNC has created a leadership vacuum in the Morobe Province and elsewhere too.

Basil welcomes Nangoi

While Sumkar has already been declared, being the first for Madang province people in the province are anticipating another declaration to come from the Madang  open seat.

The party leader was met by the Sumkar member elect and another Pangu member, Madang open candidate Bryan Kramer.

Basil retains Bulolo seat

Bulolo Returning Officer Raune Jombert confirmed to Loop PNG that the Pangu Party leader was declared at 4pm, this afternoon.  

The top three candidates for Bulolo Open are;




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Basil: Pangu to campaign for pro-candidates

Basil said the confirmed listing of all 82 candidates to run under the party banner had already been submitted to the Register of Political Parties and PNG Electoral Commission.

But there are some candidates throughout the country not on the official list submitted by the General Secretary, Morris Tovebae on 17 May.

A good example is in East Sepik Province, where two candidates contesting for the Regional Seat have their posters stating that they were endorsed by Pangu Party.