Individuals trying to politicise Oyo State Governor’s case have been warned to desist from doing so and look for ways of supporting the efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
Contrary to insinuations in some quarters that Engir Seyi Makinde, who on Monday, March 30, 2020, tested positive to COVID-19, contracted the disease at a zonal rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held in Ibadan, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, has said his Boss did not contract the disease at the much-talked about PDP unification rally.
The Governor’s spokesman, who spoke on Silverbird Television on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, explained that there was no known incident of COVID-19 as of the time the rally was held.
He said: “Governor Makinde actually put out a message to indicate that if he had got a hint of the existence of Coronavirus in the State an hour to the rally, he would have cancelled the event. He took responsibility for holding the rally. So, we can’t afford to politicise the issue of COVID-19, it is beyond politics.”
Mr Adisa noted that the only plausible case of exposure that Governor Makinde had to Coronavirus was when he attended the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting on March 19, 2020, a day after the Ibadan rally, adding that all Governors who attended that meeting were advised to self-isolate and undergo testing after one of the attendees tested positive to the virus.