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774 , 000 Jobs: APC Mum As PDP Lawmakers Reject 30 Slots Offer

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774,000 Jobs: APC Mum As PDP Lawmakers Reject 30 Slots Offer
The Minority Caucus, dominated by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives, yesterday, rejected a federal government’s offer of 30 slots for each member.
Under the programme tagged Extended Special Public Works (ESPW), a total of 774,000 persons are to be engaged for three months by the federal government. The programme is expected to commence in October 2020.
But the opposition lawmakers alleged that the allotment was made to favour certain interests in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the expense of the majority of other Nigerians.
The House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, said the allotment of 30 out of the 1000 slots per local government was unfair and unacceptable by Nigerians and the lawmakers who, he added, are the true representatives of the people.
He said there must be transparency and called for the review of the criteria used for the allotment, insisting that the 30 person’s allotment to be supervised by a member in each of the local government areas cannot be a true representation of the people they are mandated to represent.
“The 30 persons allotment per local government for lawmakers is grossly unfair, inadequate and unacceptable to Nigerians. As the representatives of the people, we are closer to them and they directly interact with us, irrespective of religion, class and political affiliations.
“All Nigerians living in our constituencies are our constituents, irrespective of political leanings. We have a responsibility to protect their interests at all times. As such lawmakers ought to have been carried along on the allotment.
“Moreover, the questions are, what criteria are being used in the job allotments? Given the 30 persons out of 1000 per local government area allotted to federal lawmakers, what happens to the remaining 970? What answers do we give Nigerians? How do we ensure that the programme benefits Nigerians and is not enmeshed in allegations of sharp practices as witnessed in the COVID-19 palliative distribution?” he queried.
The caucus also charged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order a review of the implementation process to ensure that the targeted citizens benefit from the programme as intended.
When contacted to speak on the matter, the House Leader, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, did not pick his calls or respond to a text message sent to him by our reporter.
The Minister of State Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo when contacted said, “We are in the process of gathering the reports from the field. We will do a comprehensive press conference very soon; we don’t want to do it like this – one-one reporter.”

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‘Tinubu Has Sold His Integrity On The Altar Of Politics’ – Yoruba Youth Forum

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Following his statement on Edo governorship election, a pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Youth Forum (YYF) has condemned the national leader of All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed for selling his integrity on the altar of politics.
The Group in a press statement by its President- General, Comrade Abiodun Bolarinwa said that Tinubu’s statement on Edo’s governorship election was unfortunate and one that has shown Tinubu for who he truly is. “How can somebody who claimed to have fought for Nigeria’s democracy be so careless with his utterances.
It would be recalled that Tinubu accused Obaseki of being a dictator in Edo, noting that the governor also lacked the rule of law and respect for the people of the state.
He said: “I want to appeal to you to reject Godwin Obaseki in this coming election. I have suffered with many others to bring about this democratic regime that today we are enjoying in the country.
Godwin Obaseki didn’t participate in any aspect of the struggle to enshrine democracy in the country.” The Group therefore challenged Tinubu to show proof that he actually fought for Nigeria’s democracy. “It is so sad that Tinubu could claim that he fought for Nigeria’s democracy.
We know those who genuinely fought for democracy and Tinubu is not in any way among these patriotic people. Tinubu should tell us where he was between 1996 to 1997.

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Edo election: Buhari in closed-door meeting with Buni, Ganduje

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The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress , Mai Mala Buni , on Monday, led the chairman of the party ’ s governorship election campaign for Edo State , Abdullahi Ganduje , to a meeting with the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ) , at the Presidential Villa , Abuja.
The meeting , said to be a private one , was held behind closed doors at the President’ s office .
Although the agenda of the meeting was not made public , it held a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the state governor , Godwin Obaseki , the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday .
Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party defeated Osagie Ize – Iyamu of the APC and other contestants to emerge winner of the contest .
Ganduje , who is the Governor of Kano State , was in Benin during the election but was said to have left the state on Sunday shortly before the result of the election was formally released .
Unlike the previous meetings they had with Buhari ahead of the election , Buni and Ganduje were seen using a different route apparently to avoid any encounter with State House correspondents .
As of the time of filing this report , the Presidency has yet to issue a statement on the meeting .While Buhari had on Sunday congratulated Obaseki on his electoral victory and commended INEC , the APC has yet to speak officially on the election .
After a meeting he had with Buhari on August 7 , Ganduje , had in an interview with State House correspondents , claimed that Obaseki’ s abysmal performance would make the election a walkover for the APC.

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Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates Obaseki For Emerging Victorious In Edo Election

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Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has sent a congratulatory message to Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over his victory in the Edo state election.
Jonathan in a series of tweets on Sunday, September 20, commended the people of Edo and INEC for ensuring a peaceful, credible and transparent election in the state.
The former president urged the re-elected governor to govern all people of his state without any partisan bias.
He wrote:
“I congratulate His Excellency @GovernorObaseki on his re-election as Edo State Governor. I also congratulate @inecnigeria for overseeing a process that allowed the votes of the good people of Edo to count.”
“Democracy can only be consolidated to promote good governance in our nation and continent when our elections become credible, transparent and truly represent the wish of the voters.”
“Through their ballot papers, Edo people have spoken in favour of Governor Obaseki. He should therefore rise above partisan politics and govern for the good of all.”

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