By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The League of Registered Political Parties (LRPP) in Ogun State on Sunday called on the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to order the arrest of his Chief of Staff, Salisu Shuaib; the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Politics, Tunji Egbetokun and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Government House, Tunde Olaotan for violating social distancing measures on Covid-19to distribute palliatives to their loyalists.
LRPP accused the top aides of the Governor of bringing hundreds of members of All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital to give them N2,500 each in palliative envelopes.
He said that the action showed that the state government is just paying lip service to the fight against Covid-19 spread.
The group made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Ogini Olaposi and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.
Oginni explained that the governor’s aides breached the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) order on social gathering, stressing that arresting the trio would serve as lesson to anybody who planned to also violate measures designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the state .
He described the aides’ behaviour as a show of shame, unnecessary arrogance and impunity, affirming that bringing party members from various Local Government Areas of the state to Abeokuta had rubbished the claims of the government that it was fighting the spread of Covid-19.
The statement reads: “The League of Registered Political Parties in Ogun State on Saturday Night through a Statement Signed by its Chairman, Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital call on Gov. Dapo Abiodun to discipline all high ranking Government Officials who were involved in the invitation of hundreds of APC Party faithful to the Governor’s Office Okemosan, Abeokuta on Monday and Wednesday of this week on the pretense of the distributions of Relief Packages.
” It is highly disturbing that the Ogun State Government through some of its high ranking Officers broke the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control Protocols by bringing hundreds of party faithfuls to the Governor’s Office Abeokuta for Palliative meeting. The show of shame at the Oba’s Complex during the week clearly shows that Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s Government is only paying a lip service to the war against Covid-19.
“It is therefore laughable that a Government who is constantly pretending to be fighting Corona virus war by locking down the entire states for an unbroken 7 weeks running is at the same time organising programmes to bring politicians to Okemosan in their hundreds to receive a paltry ₦2,500 – Palliative Envelopes with outright disregard to the NCDC Protocols on social distancing and social gathering.
“It therefore become pertinent to warn the Ogun State Government that double standard in the prosecution of the war against this pandemic will be disastrous. The bringing together of APC party faithfuls from various Local Government Areas made nonsense of the Government’s Covid 19 fight without any gainsaying.
“The unnecessary arrogance and impunity openly displayed by the top aides of His Excellency makes the Covid-19 fight by Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s government a mere charade”.