President Buhari Set To Endorse Favourite Ahead Of 2023, 109 Bodies Recovered From Imo Explosion Site

President Buhari Set To Endorse Favourite Ahead Of 2023

The President, Muhammadu Buhari, will in May reveal his choice among those aiming to be his successor on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, a presidential source has revealed to Sunday Punch.
According to the Presidency source, the President is critically studying the aspirants, their attitudes, actions, backgrounds and others before either making his pronouncement on the issue or directing his trusted aides on whom to queue behind among them.
Some of the aspirants, who have made their intentions known to run for the presidency are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; his Ebonyi State counterpart, David Umahi; a former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Kalu; and an ex-governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
However, the Presidency source said there was no way Buhari would allow all the APC presidential aspirants to go into the race without having an input.
The source also confirmed that the President will speak next month before the presidential primary.
Source: Punch

Afenifere, Top Southern, Middle Belt Elders Converge For Igbo Presidency

The leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, leader of the Southern & Middle Belt Forum, Pa Edwin Clark, and governors from the South-East region will converge in Abuja on Monday to persuade Nigerians on why the region should produce Nigeria’s next president.
Aside from Adebanjo and Clark, others to attend the Greater Nigeria Conference, which is slated for Monday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, are eminent nationalists, statesmen, and foremost true federalism campaigners, among others.
The GNC is led by a former Governor of Enugu State, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, Senator Victor Umeh, and Senator Chris Anyanwu, according to a statement on Sunday from the GNC Media Office signed by Collins Steve Ugwu.
According to the statement, the conference is dedicated to awakening the best ethnic and political fraternities of Nigerians to appreciate the binding need for accommodation and sacrifice, in supporting a Nigerian president from the South East region come 2023
Source: Punch

109 Bodies Recovered From Illegal Refinery Explosion Site

No fewer than 109 persons have been burnt to death after fire gutted an illegal oil refinery site at Abacheke Kpofire in Egbema community, Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State.
DAILY POST gathered that the incident which occured on Friday Night claimed scores of lives, while others were seriously injured.
The Head of Operations of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ifeanyi Nnaji, while confirming the incident, said only 20 persons died during the inferno.
But in an update on Saturday, Nnaji said so far 109 bodies had been recovered while others were still missing.
He said,” It was more serious than we envisaged. As of this evening, we have counted 109 bodies on the ground while countless others fell into the river and others died inside the refinery.”