Pierre Portelli has resigned as the Nationalist Party’s head of media, citing unspecified events that unfolded during today’s Executive Council Meeting.
Portelli said that he had originally handed in his resignation to Adrian Delia last week, but the Opposition leader urged him to reconsider his decision. However, the events that unfolded during today’s Executive Council meeting convinced him to step down.
“I would like to thank all those who made the past two years worthwhile. Together we had some memorable moments I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Portelli said in a Facebook post.
“However, as I explained in my resignation letter to our party leader Adrian Delia there are others within the PN that need to be exposed and shamed before they destroy the party we love. I choose to do so as an outsider unshackled by an official post. I will always be a Malti Nazzjonalist and will do my utmost to see our party on its path to recovery to be able to offer the solutions this county needs.”
In is resignation letter, Portelli said his tenure as media head has been rewarding but marred with daily struggles, in which he had to “fire fight elements within the PN who insist they have a divine right to lead and control the party and its media platforms”.
“Notwithstanding the achievements we made during the past two yeas to restructure and rebrand Media.Link and to give its hardworking and loyal workforce a viable and sustainable future after inheriting a disastrous financial state of affairs, it is evidently clear that perservering in my role will not bring further changes due to the constant and coordinated attacks on the party and its media by some of your MPs within the parliamentary group who went as far as sustaining and aiding criminal activity by third parties simply t get you out of the way.”
“It is because of my firm belief in the PN and what it truly stands for that I have decided to return to the private sector in my professional capacity. Having said that, I will continue to support your resolve to push a new way for the PN as a Nationalist outsider. The reality that surrounds is today demands us to take serious action and cleanse the party from people who continue to stall the PN in bad faith.”
“Our vision was to open up the party and its media to new ideas, new people and new solutions for our country. Unfortunately, I have come to realise that the dream needs to wait for the revolution to take place, one that draws up new rules of engagement that are clear to all those seeking office under the PN brand.”