PENAMPANG: Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan remains the president of Parti Bersatu Sabah 24 years after he formed it.
He was returned unopposed when nomination papers for posts ahead of the party elections on Nov 8 and Nov 9 were revealed at its headquarters here on Thursday - Oct 22, 2009.
Two of his three deputies -- Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili and Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai -- were also returned to their posts while Datuk A.K. Aliuddin Pengiran Mohd Tahir will likely see a challenge.
Three senior party members qualified to contest for the Muslim Bumiputera deputy president's post he holds. They were former Youth chief Almudin Kaidam, Rakam Sijim and incumbent Youth chief Datuk Jahid Jahim.
Jahid, however, may likely stick to defending his post as he is challenged by Jikulin Nointin alias Jake Nointin who qualified by virtue of securing four nominations from the party divisions.
Joint nominations committee chairman Johnny Mositun revealed those nominated for posts had until Oct 27 to confirm their decision to contest or otherwise.
There will be no contests for the top Wanita posts as its chief Datin Jamilah Sulaiman and her deputies, Datin Genevieve Kitingan, Datin Malianah Ugau and Datin Vicky Yee, were returned unopposed.
The committee in the last two days had screened hundreds of nominations for the various posts and rejected some, including one for a former party member who is now in the opposition.