Oyo PDP Cautions Oppositions Over Makinde’s COVID-19 Test Result, Calls For Unity Against Pandemic
By Henry Odeh
The Oyo state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned opposition members who are trying to feast on the COVID-19 test result of the executive governor of Oyo state, Engr, Seyi Makinde by allegedly trying to take advantage of the pandemic to gain undue political relevance instead of making contributions that will directly impact lives of the people they are allegedly desperate to govern.
The party made this disclosure through it’s state publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, while speaking with Sunrise Bulletin in Ibadan on Tuesday over what the party described as ‘an unfortunate situation’.
The party wondered why members of the opposition have suddenly found their voices to seek political relevance through governor Makinde instead of channeling such energies to compel other governors who are yet to submit themselves to the test to do so without further delay.
The PDP spokesman in Oyo state queried why members of the opposition particularly the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been silent on calling former governor Abiola Ajimobi to submit himself to COVID-19 test after returning from his trip to Abuja on his party engagement where he reportedly met with a confirmed case in Aso Villa.
Engr Olatunji stressed the need for everyone in the state regardless of political affiliation to shun all forms of political differences and unite against the scourge of the pandemic which threatens the very existence of mankind and more importantly in Oyo state.
Oyo State PDP however, lauded governor Seyi Makinde for his gallantry, transparency and commitment to the fight against COVID-19 in the state even in the face of resource scarcity, by constantly updating the state with developments as they unfold like other world leaders who are genuinely fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The party stressed that governor Makinde is getting so much done with less noise as opposition members would ordinarily expect of an average Nigerian politician.
“First of all let me say that ordinarily we would not have responded but because we must protect and guard the unsuspecting members of the public from their desperation, that is why we are addressing this issue.
“You see, the call by members of the opposition for governor Makinde to subject his aids to COVID-19 test was deliberate move to play politics with present realities in the state because the governor without their noise is already working tirelessly on that despite his test result, which was why the governor and his taskforce are expediting actions on adequately equipping COVID-19 testing centres in the state in collaboration with Nigerian Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).
“You can be assured that as soon as all necessary facilities are duly in place every persons in the state cabinet who are expected to be tested will be tested but in the meantime we are all expected to self-isolate and maintain social distancing in public places as well as comply fully with all directives by the state government to curb spread of the dreaded virus.
“We urge the APC in Oyo state and other opposition members to desist from politicizing a pandemic that is troubling the entire human race including the so called advanced countries.
“We expect all patriotic citizens of the state at this critical time to rally round the government and follow every single instruction given by the State Task Force as measures put in place by Governor Seyi Makinde appears to be working perfectly according to plan.
“While there is upsurge in numbers of index cases in states like Lagos, Oyo State under the leadership of governor Makinde has been able to contain the spread to barest minimum as each day goes by.
“Total lockdown of the state as some are calling for may not be an option in a state where many people’s means of livelihood is predicated on daily commercial activities and that is the reason for the government advocacy on washing hands regularly, maintaining social distancing, avoid mass gathering and observe the partial lockdown currently in place at the State because total lockdown may result to hunger which might be counterproductive to the primary objective.”
He added that despite the fact that the governor is still in self isolation and getting all necessary medical attention, he is still working round the clock and constantly getting situation reports from the state taskforce now headed by Prof Alonge, ex UCH Chief Medical Director.
Engr. Olatunji however urged members of the opposition to shun politics for now and do whatever they can in their capacities to support the government in the fight against COVID-19 in Oyo noting that politics can be picked up later at the appropriate time.
He assured that PDP in Oyo state will continue as a family and as the ruling party to lead the campaign against coronavirus in the state at the forefront just as it did to contain the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria until the desired success was achieved.