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Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central has alleged that some top government officials are wishing President Muhammadu Buhari dead because they want to become the Vice President.
Sani said this while speaking to reporters shortly after inspecting artifacts of Mallam Aminu Kano at Mumbayya House Centre of Democracy, Kano.
He said those aspiring for such position will fail immensely.
He said, “Unfortunately for them, neither the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, nor Buhari trusts them.
“Osinbajo is a trusted ally to his boss and he dislikes anything that would make him compromise the trust he enjoys”.
The Senator added that some of the President’s aides were not trustworthy.
“Buhari has a daunting task of fumigating his government, cleanse it and flush out these hyenas who eat from the nation’s treasury without pains,” he said.
He added, “it is open fact that today, politicians are only interested in getting power to use as launching pad of their personal businesses”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the supplementary legislative rerun election for Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency and Etche State Constituency 2, Rivers State, held on Saturday
For the Etche State Constituency 2, the INEC Returning Officer, Oluwatosin Odusanya, announced that APC scored 1618 votes, while PDP polled 4162 votes to emerge victorious.
Expectedly, Rivers State PDP chairman, Mr Felix Obuah, congratulated the people of the state on the victory of the party, even as he condemned the alleged interference of the military and police in the election.
This was as his APC counterpart, Dr Davies Ikanya, however said the result of the election was unacceptable, declaring that it was an inconclusive exercise.
The Rivers PDP Chairman, Obuah, ascribed the party’s victory at the poll to the uncommon courage of PDP members and the people of Etche and Omuma.
He said the party emerged victorious in the legislative rerun elections in the area, even in the face of an alleged harassment, intimidation, attacks, maiming and arrests of innocent PDP members by men of the Nigeria Army and Police.
He described the alleged interference and involvement of the military and men of the Nigeria Police in electoral process as worrisome, condemnable and portends great danger for Nigeria’s Democracy.
Obuah, in a statement, congratulated the PDP candidates in the elections, Chief Jerome Ek (Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency) and Hon Tony Ejiogu (Etche State Constituency 2), for emerging victorious.
On the other hand however, the state APC chairman, Ikanya, said the results declared were for the rerun elections that were earlier declared inconclusive by the returning officers.
“They had subsequently announced that the conclusion of the process would take place today (Sunday) or on Monday.
“However, we were taken aback when it was reported that the National Electoral Commissioner in charge, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, had ordered that the incomplete results be declared despite the earlier declaration by the two returning officers on Saturday at Okehi that the elections were inconclusive.
“APC vehemently rejects the results as declared today (Sunday) at the State INEC Office in Port Harcourt. This action by INEC runs counter and contradictory to earlier announcement on Saturday by the aforementioned returning officers who are the duly empowered persons to make such declarations.
“What INEC did today is a rape on democracy and APC will surely resist it with every legal window available to it”, he said in another statement issued in reaction to the declared results.
Former Rivers State Governor and current Minister of Transport,Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi is from the constituency.
As different sections of the executive arm of the Federal Government are now defending the 2017 budget proposals before the National Assembly, new details are emerging on the continuation of the Social Investment Programmes, (SIP)of the Buhari presidency, including a plan to hire 350,000 more unemployed graduates under the N-Power Volunteer Corps.
According to the Senior Special Assiatant on Media & Publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, President Buhari has requested appropriation of N157.75B in the 2017 budget estimates for the N-Power scheme.
The N-Power is just one of the many SIPs that has so far drawn the interest and praise of Nigerians across board, Akande observed adding that a lot more is to come, especially this year, urging Nigerians to actively come out and take advantage of the different schemes this year.
Out of the N-Power 2017 N157B 2017 budget " 350,000 unemployed graduates more would be hired and trained, alongside 50,000 non-graduates youths to be engaged as artisans and in other creative ventures," Akande disclosed in his weekly update on the Social Investment Programmes on Sunday.
Under the N157.75B also, a sum of N4.5B has been earmarked for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM program to support young Nigerians in building skills in those disciplines.
Akande who welcomed the great public enthusiasm the programmes have so far generated, noted that the SIP budget proposals for 2017 are currently being discussed this week at the National Assembly, and urged Nigerians to expect more this year especially in the area of implementation as virtually all of the SIPs are now undergoing different stages of implementation.
"While we were able to engage 200,000 unemployed graduates last year, we will do 350,000 more this year," he assured, adding that some of the teething problems are giving way to lessons that would smoothen implementation under the 2017 budget.
Equally, under the 2017 budget proposals now before the National Assembly, Akande disclosed that about N75B has been allocated for the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, which will provide one hot meal a day to 5 million primary school pupils. He explained again, that this would certainly be an improvement on how far the feeding programme has been implemented so far under the 2016 budget which has so far attained the feeding of about one million pupils.
The Spokesperson to the Acting President also stated that under the 2017 budget a sum of N112.2B has been allocated for the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme aimed at providing interest-free loans to up to 1.2million market men and women, traders, artisans, youths and farmers.
Under the GEEP, he explained that beneficiaries will receive between N10,000 and N100,000 loans with a one-time 5% administrative fee. Already under the 2016 budget, over 20,000 Nigerians in about 14 states and counting, have been benefiting from GEEP.
Similarly, the Conditional Cash Transfer which has kicked off in 9 states would be further expanded under the 2016 budget and will reach more states and much more Nigerians. The plan in 2016 budget targets one million poorest and vulnerable Nigerians. And in the 2017 budget an additional N54.98B has been allocated for the continuation of the N5000 monthly social safety net payments to the poorest Nigerians.
Akande further clarified that while President Muhammadu Buhari has further approved another N500B this year for all the social intervention programmes, N100B out of it has been allocated for the Family Homes Fund as already announced by the Ministry of Finance.
"2017 implementation of the SIP is going to be far more impactful than what we were able to do under the 2016 budget, so Nigerians should expect more this year, the resolve of the Buhari presidency is firm that more lives must be touched positively under this programmes which Nigerians have come to appreciate," Akande concluded.