THE Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, has explained that his principal contracted Coronavirus from known people in Abuja. While speaking on Silverbird Television (STV) on Tuesday morning, Adisa said there was no need to politicize the issue of COVID-19 pandemic in the state. He explained that the issue of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally on March 18, did not come to play, adding that there was no known incident of the virus in the state as at then.
Dismissing insinuations, he said the governor did not also have any symptom (s) at that time. “The issue of the March 18 PDP southwest Zonal Unification Rally doesn’t come to play because there was no known incident of the virus in Oyo State and the governor didn’t also have any symptom(s) as at that time.” “The governors went back to Abuja the following day and they held a series of meetings. The governor had contact with people that are known. So, we should not politicise an issue like this,” he stressed. Meanwhile, a former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has prayed for a quick recovery for the governor who was tested positive on Monday for Coronavirus, and other victims of Covid-19 in Nigeria and globally. In a statement personally signed by the former governor, Otunba Alao-Akala called for intensified prayer from Christians and Muslims for God to end the scourge, while tasking people of the state and Nigerians to follow the hygienic rule and guideline stipulated to ward off the disease. “I am saddened to receive the news of the infection of Governor Seyi Makinde with Coronavirus (Covid-19). Jehovah Ropheka: The Lord our Healer Exodus 15:26 will heal you.”
“I pray to Almighty God to heal you and protect your family as you go through the self-isolation and proper treatments. Similarly, I pray for the protection of all the citizens of the state from the Covid-19 scourge.” “There is no established cure for COVID-19 yet but it is not a death sentence as it can be managed.” “Therefore, I urge my fellow people to obey the governments and work collectively to stop the spread by constantly washing our hands and observing high standards of hygiene, avoiding social gatherings and events. Stay at home, stay safe,” the statement concluded.