Wells and Tosul join PPP
Luganville MP and Minister for Internal Affairs, George Wells and Pentecost MP, David Tosul, pledged their allegiance to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) last Friday evening.
In a custom ceremony to the President of PPP, Prime Minister Sato Kilman, Wells and Tosul said there are several reasons for them to take the hard decision to leave their former political parties for PPP.
They presented two red mats and other mats along with chicken and local food as they were welcomed in to the PPP Party.
Luganville MP Wells confirmed to PPP President Kilman that he consulted with all his 36 sub-committees in Luganville Santo and had their blessings and full support before making the move to join the People’s Progressive Party.
Pentecost MP David Tosul also confirmed to Kilman that he also sought the agreement and approval of his 10 sub-committees on Pentecost before making the move with the Luganville MP.
“One of the reasons that we have taken this decision is because we believe in a new direction.
“And we see the quality of leadership that you posses and the vision and the desire in which you want this country to go.
“It is not a mistake for us to make this decision to join the PPP,”MP Tosul assured.
The Luganville and Pentecost MPs also assured PPP President and Prime Minister Kilman that PPP now has the full support of their electors in their respective constituencies. They also assured Prime Minister Kilman that PPP now has a further 46 sub-committees in Luganville and Pentecost altogether that will boost the party numbers and seats in Parliament in the 2012 parliamentary elections.
Tosul said many politicians and political parties and even in any other organizations, changes do not take place because leaders and people do not want to accept the change needed. He said Vanuatu needs this change today for the better tomorrow.
“We are Christian people and we need to be honest with ourselves to accept to make the changes needed for our people in the developments of the country. And we have to accept the leaders that we believe can lead with the vision in the new direction. And the PPP President and Prime Minister Kilman has these qualities,” Tosul said in front of supporters.
Meanwhile, in his response the PPP President said: “Any political party can shout about what it can do but if it does not have the numbers, the shout will be in vain.
“Your decision to join PPP today is a big support and I appreciate it. I always emphasis that divisions cause leaders to leave their party for one reason or another, but it is the responsibility that we carry with us as to the decisions we make and how it will affect our people.
“In my case, I had to make the same decision once when I left a political party and started the People’s Progressive Party.
“And I am pleased to note from you both that you have moved with your supporters and sought their decisions first and I thank you for this,” Kilman told MPs Tosul and Wells.
“I am equally pleased to say that today PPP has a base in Luganville, Santo, and also on Pentecost. Although PPP once had a seat on Pentecost and later lost the seat in Parliament, today I am fully convinced that that seat will return to PPP in the coming general election. This is the same with Luganville Santo,” Kilman.
“Furthermore I wish to stress that the government needs to build up its political base and make its base strong in order in order to have a strong government to better serve its people. You are both entering PPP with many assets, which are yourselves and many supporters you both bring in who have qualities and capabilities to assist in many developments of the country. The PPP can use these assets for the best advantage of all developments of the country. I also believe in changes necessary to make things work for the better.
And today we must accept such changes. Although there is hierarchy in PPP system, all PPP members are the same with no difference in the way we want to see things move forward and in simplicity in the way we do things,” Kilman remarked.