Okorocha beats deadline for APC presidential screening

…Osinbajo, Lawan, Fayemi clear hurdle

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday arrived at the venue of the All Progressives Congress’ presidential screening in Abuja.

Okorocha had been in danger of missing the two-day exercise after he was arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last week Tuesday.

However, a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail on Tuesday morning in the sum of N500 million and a surety in like sum.

The former governor is being tried on a 17-count charge to the tune of N2.9 billion filed against him by the EFCC.

He is accused of conspiring with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies to steal from public coffers.

Okorocha has denied any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, twelve of the aspirants had been screened on Monday, including former Lagos State Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu and ex-Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole was the first to arrive on Tuesday.

His arrival was followed by several other arrivals, including that of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Those screened include Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, and businessman, Mr Tein Jack-Rich.

 

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