The National, Monday 26th March 2012
GRAND Chief Sir Michael Somare will lead the National Alliance party into the June election and is confident of securing the numbers to form the next government.
Sir Michael will re-contest his East Sepik provincial seat. He made this known on NBC Radio East Sepik last Tuesday and during his visits by helicopter to Angoram and Marienberg the next day, followed by Maprik, Kawanga (Dreikikir) and Yambun (Ambunti) last Thursday.
He said the NA party was placing candidates in all the seven East Sepik seats.
Apart from him, other names confirmed were his son Arthur for Angoram Open, Peter Wararu Waranaka for Yangoru-Saussia, Tony Aimo for Ambunti-Dreikikir and John Simon for Maprik Open.
No names had been put forward for Wewak Open and Wosera-Gawi.
In January, more than 500 ward councillors in East Sepik gathered at the Divine Word University Kaindi campus in Wewak and re-affirmed their loyalty and support for Sir Michael.
They were not happy with how he had been treated by the Peter O’Neill-led government since Aug 2 last year.
O’Neill’s People’s National Congress party had recently sent a candidate recruitment team to East Sepik.