June 01, (THEWILL) – Former Imo Governor and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday night, appeared before the party’s seven-man 2023 Presidential Screening Committee.
Okorocha, who represents Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, had been under the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC), over an alleged N2.9 billion fraud case.
He was, however, granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja early Tuesday and was to pay N500 million for his bail with one surety in like sum.
The possibility of Okorocha appearing before the APC Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led presidential screening committee for screening, had been a topic of political discourse following his ordeal in the hands of the EFCC.
Trial Justice, Inyang Ekwo, granted the former Imo governor bail after dismissing a counter-affidavit the EFCC filed against him.
THEWILL reports that Okorocha was the last aspirant to be screened by the APC 2023 presidential primary on Tuesday night.
Other aspirants screened by the committee were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate.
Also screened were former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and oil magnate, Tein Jack, among others.
The committee had on Monday, screened 12 presidential aspirants, including Pastor Tunde Bakare and Sen. Bola Tinubu, one of the party’s leaders and a two-term former governor of Lagos State.
Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, former Governor of Ogun, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, former Governor of Zamfara, Sani Yerima and Rotimi Amaechi, former Minister of Transportation, were also screened on Monday.
Others are former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba; Pastor Felix Nicholas, the only female presidential aspirant, Mrs Uju Ken-Ohanenye and Sen. Ajayi Boroffice.
Former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani and Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi were also screened on Monday.
The APC Special Convention for its presidential primary had been fixed for June 6 and 8 at the Eagle Square, Abuja.