Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando on One TV this morning.
After formally quitting the Nationalist parliamentary group, MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando this morning explained that from now, he expects Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi to consult him on all matters which are not related to the PN's 2008 electoral programme.
"I remain, and still feel a Nationalist," Pullicino Orlando said on One TV's breakfast programme, adding that he felt "liberated" to have decided to quit the parliamentary group.
"The PN has crumbled," Pullicino Orlando said, adding that even European Commissioner John Dalli has explained this to the party, and was like him, victimised by the same party.
"There is something wrong," he said, adding that he could not take a situation anymore where Richard Cachia Caruana and Austin Gatt had "hijacked the party" to the extent that "they killed the spirit within the party."
He stressed that he feels more than liberated to have quit the PN. "Looking back, I feel I should have taken this decision a long time ago."
Pullicino Orlando hit out at the Prime Minister's communications' chief Gordon Pisani for having produced a transcript of a private telephone call he had on the eve of the 2008 election.
"It is alarming to know that I was being set-up, and knowing that my private phone calls were being recorded is outrageous," Pullicino Orlando said, adding that although he has nothing to contest about about the content of the call, "it was telling of how the party was working."
Qualifying his motives to his resignation from the PN, Pullicino Orlando said that he was shocked to hear that Cachia Caruana was told that he had no need to produce any witnesses to defend himself, and hit out at Austin Gatt, who alleged that following the 2008 election, he had had insisted for a ministerial post.
"This was a blatant lie, and during the Executive meeting I turned around to all, including Eddie Fenech Adami, that I never had any conversations of the sort," he said.