The People’s Democratic Party, PDP Oyo State branch, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to lift the lockdown of coronavirus in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states.
In a statement by the party’s publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, it said Buhari’s decision to ease movement restrictions in the affected areas is laudable because Nigerians have been adversely affected by the lockdown.
The party stated that the Federal Government’s new approach was a testimony to the dominance of Governor Seyi Makinde’s in logically and scientifically battling the pandemic which is now plain as a strong template worthy of emulation.
The party noted with disdain how opposition parties in the state, particularly the All Progressive Congress (APC), had attempted to discredit Makinde’s giant steps in keeping the state safe from a larger disease outbreak within the very limited resources environment while enabling trade to thrive during partial lockdown in Oyo State.
The PDP further identified the state-run All Progressive Congress, APC, as a community of people living in fantasy.
The ruling party in the state maintained that the only choice left for Oyo State’s main opposition was to sincerely seek forgiveness from the citizens it allegedly plunged into unprecedented misery during its eight-year governance era.
The party said “It takes no rocket science for any leader with good conscience to know that complete lockdown of any state or region, including crippling an already struggling economy like that of Nigeria, would be counterproductive without the capacity or political will to make adequate provision for alternative means of living.”
It emphasised that “Makinde demonstrates daily how to achieve good governance at all levels of the APC government.
Recall that the state-owned APC had urged Makinde to lock down the state for two weeks in order to identify those who may have been infected and also to prevent the virus’ spread.
The Governor, however, only came up with a curfew of 7 pm to 6 am while urging people to follow all appropriate steps to help contain the virus.