The Daily Post has learned that Prime Minister Charlot Salwai did indeed meet with President Obed Moses Tallis, specifically, to discuss the Constitutional Parliamentary Secretary Bill last month before its referral to the Supreme Court.
The meeting was said to have taken place following the request of the Prime Minister, and it occurred within the 14-day period that allows the President to seek legal opinion on the bill.
According to our source, Prime Minister Salwai was representing other Members of Parliament on the Government side, who voted president Tallis to his position as the Head of State and wanted to know if the Head of State had assented to the bill.
The source said PM Salwai allegedly told the Head of State that he could face the consequences of his decision if the case was to be ruled in favour of the Speaker.
While speculation is rife on social media that the conversation was recorded, sources with direct knowledge of the event emphatically denied that a recording of the conversation was made by the State Office. Daily Post has contacted the State Office but they declined to comment on the issue.