Micah says it was PPP caucus decision to join opposition

People’s Progress Party leader Ben Micah says the decision to join the Opposition to oust the Government of Peter O’Neill is not a one-man decision.

“It’s the decision of the People’s Progress Party caucus and executive to leave the Government of Peter O’Neill.

“This decision was not taken lightly because it is not easy for anyone to make decisions that will really affect personal (and) political relationships, many of these relationships go a long way,” Micah said.

He also said with the current situations the country is facing, mandated leaders need to take drastic action.  

“Everyone in politics know I am a close insider of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and one of his few trusted people who always tell the truth to him,” said the Kaveing MP and former minister for petroleum and energy.  

“The Prime Minister knows the reasons why I left; some of the things I do not want to say in public.

“But I have left the Government with a very sad heart that many suggestions that I made to improve the governance of the country had not been actioned.

“More so the escalating crises, of strikes taken by the protest of students where a life was lost, government and private properties had been destroyed and the safety and reliability of the travelling public have been compromised.

“As a responsible person who has concerns, I cannot sit in a government that is slowly allowing the country to (fall) into hell.

“There is an opportunity now for the leaders of the parliament to stop pretending and face the reality now facing our nation as leaders and be conscious of the issues out there,” Micah said.

The People’s Progress Party has seven members in Parliament.

Charles Yapumi