Edo 2020: Obaseki Plans To Increase COVID-19 Figures To Manipulate NCDC, Says APC

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The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the governor Godwin Obaseki of manipulating the numbers of COVID-19 infections in the state.

In a statement on Tuesday by the factional Publicity Secretary, Chris Azebamwen, the APC said Obaseki's mission is to inflate the infection in order to "create the false impression that Edo State has become an epicenter of the pandemic"

Since last week, the two factional APC in the state fell out after the National Working Commitee led by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole adopted direct primary for the Edo State Governorship election.

Godwin Obaseki
Godwin Obaseki

Obaseki had aruged that direct primary would spike the number of infections of COVID-19 patients in the state, therefore, contend for indirect primary.

The move has further deepened the crisis rocking the state.

Azebamwen on Tuesday said the governor's plan is to use the fake data to arm twist and blackmail the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Mnister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire to declare medical emergency in Edo State.

Azebamwen added that "Obaseki will then issue an Executive Order to lockdown Edo State in order to abort the scheduled primaries preparatory to the Governorship elections."

The Factional party urged the Minister of Health not to allow himself to be used as a tool by the governor to secure a second term ticket.

He "Dr Osagie Ehanire is a distinguished son of Edo State and he has built a reputation for professional best practices over the years. He cannot now allow Obaseki to smear his pristine image in his blind determination to rule Edo State against the wishes of the citizens.

"We urge Godwin Obaseki to let the people lead by submitting himself to the process of direct primaries. He should stop shopping for indirect primaries because he believes he can intimidate political office holders who draw salaries and stipends from the public purse and are therefore, answerable to the Governor.

"Finally, it is more in consonance with the safety guidelines and protocols of the WHO, Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, and State Government regulations to have about 200 persons participate in the direct primaries at each Ward than to crowd about 4,000 people into one venue for indirect primaries."

The party advised the governor to abide by the guidelines of the APC by submitting himself to direct primaries and "stop heating up the polity", adding that "only the guilty run when no one is pursuing them"

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