Okorocha Completes APC Presidential Screening



 

Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has completed the presidential screening of the All Progressives Congress.

There had been doubts that the Senator would be present for the screening after he was arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 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.

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After his screening, he thanked his supporters for standing by him and insisted that Nigeria needs a detribalised leader like him to pilot the affairs of the nation.

On his EFCC case, he promised to address the media in the coming days.

The APC is expected to hold a convention for the election of its presidential candidate between June 6 to 8.

To win the primary contest, Mr Okorocha is up against the likes of former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, former Lagos State Governor, Ahmed Tinubu and ex-Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

2023: About 20 Million PVCs Uncollected, INEC Laments

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented the high number of uncollected Permanent Voters Card (PVCs), putting the figure at about 20 million.

INEC National Commissioner of FCT, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Plateau States, Mohammed Haruna, disclosed this on Tuesday at the launch of a campaign to drive the collection of PVCs and increase participation in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise.

He stated that statistics by INEC in 2019 showed that over 84 million PVCs were printed.

Of the figure, the INEC Commissioner explained that over 72 million were collected while over 11 million voter cards were left uncollected.

Giving a breakdown of the figure, the South-West had the highest number of uncollected PVCs with over 3.4 million, followed by the North-West with over 1.9 million then the South-South with over 1.7 million.

While the North-Central had about 1.5 million uncollected cards, the South-East recorded over 1.4 million, the North-East had over 800,000 and the FCT had about 318,000 uncollected voter’s cards.

“Ahead of the 2019 general elections, there were 84 million PVCs. I think close to 20 million (PVCs have not been collected),” he said.

“It may be a small percentage but in terms of absolute number, that’s huge. 20 million is probably more than the voters of so many West African countries put together.”

To change the narrative, Nessaction, a civil society organisation is launching a Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and the PVC collection campaign in collaboration with INEC, United Nations Development Programme and YIAGA Africa to drive collection in the FCT and Nasarawa State.

In April, INEC announced a total of over 1.8 million newly PVCs, comprising over 1.3 million cards of genuine, new registrants and 464,340 PVCs for verified applicants for transfer or replacement of cards were ready for collection.

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Lagos Okada Ban To Take Effect From Wednesday, Govt Calls For Calm

A file photo of scores of motorcycles seized by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Taskforce).

 

The Lagos State Government will on Wednesday commence an enforcement of its ban on commercial motorcycles, also known as Okada, in six local local governments.

The local governments include Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa,

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the ban on May 18 during a meeting with police chiefs in the state, saying it is “total and indefinite”.

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“After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six local government areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated,” Sanwo-Olu said at the time.

“We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six local government and their local council development areas, effective from June 1, 2022.”

The government views the activities of Okada as dangerous to road users.

The state’s Police Commissioner Abiodun Alabi, has described most Okada riders as criminals who must be taken off the road.

In January 2020, the government had proscribed the operations of okada and kekes.

But enforcement became lax due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.

Omotosho, speaking to Channels Television, also noted that recent increases in accident rates have prompted the government to act again.

“Our doctors are complaining that more persons are coming in with okada emergency,” he said.

“About 45 percent of accidents in the first quarter were caused by okada. And most of the victims are between the ages of 30 to 39.”

Crime rate

Police Commissioner Alabi has vowed that enforcement of the ban this time will be more thorough.

But the police chief has also acknowledged that banning Okadas may have its side effects.

“We know that banning the Okada riders can actually increase crime rate. And we are not unmindful of that and we are already putting in place a lot of strategies to contend with it,” he said.

“We know that it will send a lot of them to unemployment. We are aware of that and are preparing for it.”

‘No anxiety’

The Okada operators are expected to protest the ban on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the police organised a show of force as a warning against a breakdown of law and order.

“There is no need for any anxiety over the enforcement of the ban, which has been hailed by the majority of Lagosians as a reinforcement of the Lagos Traffic Law 2012 (amended in 2018),” a statement signed by Mr Omotosho on Tuesday said.

“The Government wishes to advise all law-abiding citizens to go about their businesses without any fear whatsoever as measures have been put in place to forestall any disturbance

“Lagosians and visitors are urged to co-operate with the law enforcement agencies in our collective interest.”

Osinbajo, Lawan, Fayemi . . . APC Continues Screening Of Presidential Aspirants



 

The All Progressives Congress on Tuesday continued the screening of its presidential aspirants.

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.

BREAKING: Okorocha Beats Deadline, Arrives For APC Presidential Screening

A file photo of Senator Rochas Okorocha.

 

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

Mr Okorocha had been in danger of missing the two-day exercise after he was arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 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.

READ ALSO: [Alleged N2.9bn Fraud] Court Grants Rochas Okorocha N500m Bail

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.

Mr Okorocha has denied any wrongdoing.

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