Gabungan Sabah component Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) supreme council member John Stephen said Shafie appeared to shying away from the matter by relying on junior party official to deny of such a pact.
“Shafie should come right out and deny it instead of hiding in the shadows and relying on an assistant of Warisan State Assemblyman to do it for him.
“He remains in the shadows because he knows that what SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee had said about the proposed pact is true and is irrefutable,” John said in a statement on Thursday.
John said as Yong had asserted on Tuesday (March 27), Shafie had dispatched Datuk Kalakau Untol to meet Gabungan Sabah leaders over a period of several months.
He said this occurred after Shafie was sacked as a Federal minister in 2015.
Yong had on Tuesday said that Shafie had contacted him through Kalakau and voiced confidence of winning Umno’s 16 Umno seats but his condition to USA, which then comprised SAPP, STAR and PCS, was for him to become the Sabah Chief Minister.
Yong said USA had agreed to Shafie’s condition.
However the pact “went right out of the window” after Shafie took over the helm of Parti Warisan.
Without any agreement with Warisan or Pakatan Harapan, he said Gabungan Sabah would be contesting both parliament and state seats.
Warisan treasurer general Terence Siambun’s political assistant Elisie Gidai had claimed on Wednesday that Shafie never made any attempt to contact Gabungan Sabah leaders on the possibility of some form of cooperation.
She alleged that it was Gabungan Sabah who had sent a representative to meet Shafie.