“Rearranging deck chairs in the same boat is not going to increase numbers for the opposition,” said the PM in a statement this afternoon.
“Mekere is the most yoyo MP on record of PNG politics.
“He has been with more parties than any other leader in the country’s history.
“He went from PDM to PNG Party to Pangu to now NA and was an independent member for so many times between parties.
“Sadly for him, this political opportunism will leave him isolated, lacking in friends and respect, with shattered dreams and no party will be his legacy.”
PM O’Neill claimed Sir Mekere had nothing to show for as prime minister during his tenure, and today has zero policy agenda for the country.
“He is the same person who changed the Somare NA government in 2011, and now sees fit to be bedfellows with the party he helped to remove.
“The reality is that sleeping together in the same party he defeated will not be comfortable for NA members.
“The people of our nation want leaders with clear conviction, with integrity and loyalty. They will never get that from Mekere who is now officially a political yoyo.”
Following today’s announcement of the merger, Sir Mekere urged Papua New Guineans to come out and tell Peter O’Neill that ‘enough is enough’.
“He has been given enough opportunity – six years - to repair the country and change course from the path of destruction he has set. But we cannot put up with him any longer.
“I am very happy to join National Alliance along with my PNG Party colleagues, and together work with like-minded Members on the other side to replace the Prime Minister,” he said.
(Prime Minister Peter O’Neill filepic)