THE United Democratic Party (UDP) has called on the Island Sun newspaper and its political reporter Alfred Sasako to apologise for the false report it published about its senior leaders Hon Snyder Rini and Hon Danny Philip.
Mr Sasako in an article published in the Island Sun newspaper issue of today Wednesday 28th February 2018 stated that Hon Rini and Hon Danny Philip have resigned from the UDP over the weekend and joined the Kadere Party.
He further alleged that the duo are part of a new alliance of Kadere Party members and former UDP members formed last weekend to undermine Prime Minister Rick Hou.
UDP Secretary Barnabas Henson said the article authored by Mr Sasako and published in the Island Sun newspaper is false and misleading and the UDP therefore calls on the daily newspaper and Mr Sasako to retract and apologise for the news item.
Mr. Henson said UDP remains intact under the Opposition Coalition and Hon Rini and Hon Philip remain members of the party.
“They will be leading the party into the next general elections. The party’s current parliamentary wing consists of five (5) Members of Parliament. They are Hon Philip, Hon Rini, Hon Fugui, Hon Maneka, and Hon Iduri,” he said.
He said the UDP again, calls on the Island Sun newspaper to ensure its reporters uphold accuracy and balance in their reporting at all times.
Mr Henson said the party also wants reporters writing any stories to do with it or its members to contact the party Secretary for proper verification before publishing them to avoid misleading the public with false or fabricated information.
He said the UDP sees the article as a direct attack on its integrity and that of its senior parliamentarians and therefore calls on Island Sun and Mr. Sasako to immediately correct the media report.