The Chief Press Secretary to Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, has explained that his boss contracted Coronavirus from ‘known people’ in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Makinde tested positive on Monday for the deadly coronavirus, and the NCDC has confirmed that over 135 people have been infected with the disease.
Adisa who spoke on Silverbird Television (STV) on Tuesday morning, said there was no need to use the issue of COVID-19 pandemic in the state as political tool.
Adisa said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally on March 18, should not be politicized as at the time of the rally, there was no known incident of the virus in the state and the governor didn’t show any symptom of coronavirus.
“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, former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has prayed for a quick recovery for the governor and other victims of Covid-19.
“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.