Makinde denies contracting coronavirus at Ibadan PDP rally

Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says he did not contract the coronavirus at the PDP unification rally held on March 18 in Ibadan.

The governor’s chief press secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said in a statement on Tuesday that there was no known incident of COVID-19 as of the time the rally was held.

He stated that insinuations in some quarters that Mr Makinde, who on Monday tested positive for COVID-19, contracted the disease at the rally was not correct.

He said: “The issue of the governor being said to have contracted COVID-19 at the March 18 PDP South West Zonal Unification Rally doesn’t come to play because there was no known incident of the virus in Oyo State at that time.

“Also, the governor didn’t have any symptom(s) as of that time.

“At the time that the rally was held, there was no known case of the COVID-19 and after the rally.

“Gov Makinde actually put out a message to indicate that if he had got a hint of the existence of coronavirus in the state an hour to the rally, he would have cancelled the event.

“He took responsibility for holding the rally. So, we can’t afford to politicise the issue of COVID-19. It is beyond politics.”

Adisa, however, said the only plausible case of exposure that Makinde had to coronavirus was when he attended the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting on March 19, a day after the Ibadan rally.

He stated that all governors who attended that meeting were advised to self-isolate and undergo testing after one of the attendees tested positive for the virus.