Wike says supplying BVN before obtaining e-passport is not necessary

Wike says supplying BVN before obtaining e-passport is not necessary

- Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike faults the requirement mandating Nigerians to supply their BVN before obtaining the e-passport

- The Rivers state governor says he doesn’t see the need to include BVN in the issuance of a passport

- The governor said if including BVN in the issuance of a passport is the only way that Nigeria could check corruption, then it means the country had failed

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state says the requirement that Nigerians must supply their BVN before obtaining the e-passport is not necessary.

Wike made the suggestion in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, February 18, during the roll-out of the enhanced e-passport, Channels TV reports.

The governor said he doesn’t see the need to include BVN in the issuance of a passport, describing the process as unacceptable.

He said if including BVN in the issuance of passports is the only way that Nigeria could check corruption, then it means the country has failed.

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In another report, Governor Nyesom Wike has asked the national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole to resign from his position.

The Rivers state governor said Oshiomhole should resign for failing to stop the inauguration of Bayelsa state governor as he allegedly boasted, Daily Trus reports.

Wike in a statement issued through his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, on Saturday, February 15, said the APC chairman is someone people should not associate with.

He accused Oshiomhole of trying to use his influence in the ruling party to steal the mandate of the people of Bayelsa state.

Wike urged the federal government to call to order Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the APC.

Wike said that Oshiomhole's remarks, which he describes as inflammatory, are capable of destabilising Nigeria.

The River state governor said the APC chairman has no power to say that there will not be any swearing-in of Duoye Diri, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s candidate in the last Bayelsa gubernatorial election.

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In a statement released by his special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, which was made available to Legit.ng, Wike warned Oshiomhole not to drag other parts of the Niger Delta into his comments.

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