PNC is dong well however, it will not be able to make up the numbers by itself to form the next government. O'Neil has already started talking with independents and other smaller parties in the hope of recruiting them to join PNC in a coalition.
Namah wants to be PM, so is Polye. Going by the sorts of criticisms directed at O'neil both by Namah & Polye in the past, O'Neil will not be comfortable to form a coalition with Namah or Polye or both. Therefore O'neil is likely to look elsewhere to recruit numbers to form a coalition.
While O'neil aspires to recruit enough members to support his nomination for PM, it should be noted that, Chan has won the New Ireland Regional seat and Somare is leading in East Sepik and Wingti is leading in Western Highlands & Agiru has won the new Hela Regional seat.
The three senior statesmen are already talking with each other and Wingti appears to be the twine to tie up the three into one and they alrady have Agiru in their camp.
These three vaterans have lots in common.
They were prime ministers before and between them they have heaps of practical experience.
They have formed political marriages before.
They have broken those marriages before.
They have re-married again before
They have had fierce debate and serous disaggreements on the floor of parliament before,
YET- they have maintained respect for each other and remained friends to this day.
Somare will not avail himself to be nominated for PM, he is coming back to prove a point that, he was not removed from parliament and active politics by his East Sepik people. Like Somare, Chan spent his prime years in politics at the national level and he feels that he must give someting back to the people of New Ireland before he retires. Governor for New Ireland is more fitting in this regard for sir J. That leaves Wingti who stand to be adone as the Poenix rising up once again from the ashes to prominence.
Anderson Agiru for PM is the dark horse in this political manevouring. He is already Deputy PM in the Court Reinstated Somare Government and he is the inaugral regional member for the resources rich new Hela Province where much of the wealth is expected to be generated from. O'neil was influential in the old Southern Highlands and he still has good suport from the break away new Hela Province.
Agiru appears to be the best choice to neutralize the dominance of O'Neil and PNC both in Sothern Highlands & the new Hela Provinces. Agiru for PM