KOTA KINABALU – The defection of a division Youth chief and a committee member recently has little effect on the overall strength of Upko.
Upko deputy information chief, Lightson Kohiya in a statement here Monday said the party noted the move taken by Upko Kinabatangan youth chief, Ibrahim Ayub but assured the division’s administration remained unperturbed.
“Upko subscribed to the democracy principle and therefore it is his (Ibrahim) right to choose the party of his choice.
“However, Upko remain intact and the move did not strike a major blow to the party,” he said.
Upko also refuted claims by Ibrahim who is also a party youth exco member that he was taking with him a substantial number of party members to the opposition.
Lightson said the party leadership had assured that in no way this latest development will affect its service to the people, particularly in Kinabatangan.
“We will continue with our efforts to serve the people in line with the party’s objectives,” said the division.
It was reported in BorneoToday on Sunday that Ibrahim had left Upko and joined Warisan.
However, Lightson who is also Upko Kudat chief advised Ibrahim to resign properly and submit his resignation letter to the party headquarters.
On another note, Lightson denied that his deputy in Kudat division had also left the party as alleged in the social media recently.
The person mentioned in the social media posting identified as Juponis Audug, was a former division committee member.
He said the social media posting was also wrong to put Juponis as from the Upko Pitas division.
“There is no Upko Pitas division,” he said, adding that Juponis who had never attended any division committee meeting already submitted his resignation letter on Jan 16 this year.
Lightson said Upko Kudat remained intact and fully committed to serve the people.