Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, have thrown their weight behind the steps taken so far by the Executive Governor of the state, Engr. Seyi Makinde, and expressed their support for the governor’s decision not to lockdown the state.
The elders disclosed their stand in a statement signed by a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Saka Balogun after a meeting of the elders.
“The Oyo State PDP elders commend the proactive and systematic measures put in place so far by the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde in containing the disease. These measures are already yielding positive results, as the number of new positive cases has only increased by two in the last one week, this is at variance with a greater number of cases in other states that enforced total lockdown.
“Also, the fears being expressed by some cynics that there are more suspected cases than those already reported are based on mere conjectures without any scientific proof, and this cannot be a reasonable excuse for a total lockdown and its unintended consequences as they are advocating,” the statement read.
The elders stressed further that a total lockdown of the state in the present circumstance would put the citizens in panic mode and heighten social tension, as it is happening in some areas in Lagos, Bauchi and Ogun state respectively.
The PDP elders urged the government to provide more testing centers in the state with adequate personnel and equipment and provide more functioning isolation centers.
They also advised the government to ensure that contacts of those who have tested positive are assured of adequate care and provision of palliatives in order to encourage them to come out for testing and care.
The meeting where the elders reached the decisions had in attendance Mogaji Nureni Akanbi, Asiwaju J.G. Adetoro, Chief Bayo Okeyode, Otunba Dr. Gbola Adetunji, and Engr. Femi Babalola.