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Rochas Okorocha met with President Muhammadu Buhari to report the EFCC

The Imo West Senator, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okorocha met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over his presidential ambition.

According to Okorocha, he informed Buhari about the injustices meted to him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The former Imo State governor had declared his intentions to run for the Presidency in 2023. Shortly after Okorocha declared his intentions, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, filed fresh corruption charges against him.

The EFCC had charged Nigerian senator and former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, with allegations he conspired with others, including an APC politician and five companies, to steal N2.9 billion from the public coffers.

EFCC filed the charges, totalling 17, on Monday, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, court documents show.

In addition to Okorocha, other defendants are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

The charges were filed about the same time Mr Okorocha was declaring his intention to run for the office of the president in 2023.

Mr Okorocha, 59, was a two-term governor of Imo State, serving from 2011 to 2019 when he lost an intense political battle to instal his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, as a successor. He, however, succeeded in winning the Imo West senatorial election for himself as a candidate of the APC. The returning officer alleged he was forced to declare Mr Okorocha the winner under duress, making INEC delay issuing him a certificate of return.

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