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A total of 2,439 students have been awarded scholarship by the President of the Senate, David Mark for the 2010/2011 academic session.
Majority of the students are from his constituency, Benue South Senatorial District as well as Benue North-east and Benue North-West.
The beneficiaries included; 2,180 regular students in tertiary Institutions, 15 gifted girl-child, Seven special cases at both the under-graduate and post graduate levels, 244 indigent children in the primary and secondary school levels.
Distributing the over N100 Million to the students at Otukpo under his pet project; David Mark Scholarship Scheme (DMSS) for the 2010/2011 academic session, Mark noted that education is the bedrock and indeed the foundation of any development which governments and responsible organisations cannot ignore.
The April 2nd legislative arm election is still two weeks away. Only few of the contestants are certain of victory. Fewer of the re-contesting senators are certain of returning to the senateand no one is sure of the composition the final list of senators that will constitute seventh senate, yet, intense lobby for who becomes the senate president is splitting the senate.
Over the past four weeks, there have been deep underhand consultations within and outside the national assembly by aspiring senate presidents from th
e ranks of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and their sponsors – godfathers. The lobbyists and aspirants have been contacting prospective senators and party leader
ship, including the busy President Goodluck Jonathan seeking for support.
There are four major contenders for the seat; three from the current sitting senators, all bandying different criteria favouring them for the job and all hoping for support from President Jonathan. The contestants are not deterred by the first huddle of winning the April 2nd election neither are they held back by the possibility of the seventh senate not being dominated by PDP lawmakers.
On Thursday lastweek, some armed thugs attacked the campaign train of the President of the Senate, David Mark on his way to Igumale, the headquarters of Ado local government Benue State.
According to the Director of Publicity of David Mark Campaign Organisation, thugs ambushed the train at the outskirts of Igumale forced the convoy of the senate president Mark to detour to another local government.
The following day, a man identified to be the driver Lawrence Onoja, the Action congress of Nigeria’s (ACN) senatorial candidate, was beaten to death in Ibadan Street, Otukpo, by men suspected to be supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over accusations of tearing off the party’s posters.
Earlier in the month, Mr. Onoja was attacked and escaped with bullet wounds in his arm. Accusation fingers were quickly pointed at the senate president but he denied any involvement in a statement by his special adviser on media, Kola ologbodiyan.