The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has blasted the People’s Democratic Party for playing “bitter politics with the COVID-19.
In a statement signed by Lagos APC spokesman, Seye Oladejo, the party applauded efforts of the Lagos State Government ably led by the Incident Commander , Governor Babajide Sanwoolu-Olu.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the characteristically irresponsible and reckless attempt of PDP in Lagos State to play bitter politics with the COVID 19 pandemic.
“We would ordinarily not have dignified the piece with a response but for the deliberate attempt to disseminate falsehood to the unsuspecting public.
“For all avoidance of doubt, this government since inception has been alive to its most important duty of the welfare and safety of its citizens.
“Without a doubt, its proactive response even before the index case of the COVID 19 pandemic went a long way to stem its spread in the state.
“No one without ulterior motive would fault the infrastructure- the infectious diseases hospital, the medical laboratory, the isolation centers etc- set up by the state government.
“The State Government till date has been responding to the dictates of the pandemic with morale boosting measures.
“Among others, the Lagos State Government decided to provide a novel food stimulus to the most vulnerable in our midst to cushion the impact of the state wide lockdown. The government also provided free medical services for certain categories of patients. This includes surgery.
“Perhaps we should sympathize with the crass ignorance of the PDP leadership who, bereft of how things work in government might tend to jump to hasty conclusions. I guess it’s true that you can’t give what you don’t have. Serious and responsible governance which is the hallmark of the Lagos State government is totally different from running a tattered party.
“In response to the stay at home order in the face of COVID-19 pandemic and as envisaged by the Lagos State Government that there would be shortage in food supply especially to the vulnerable, the State Government flagged off the emergency food response programme.
“Apart from reaching out to the vulnerable with the supply of staple food for 14 days in the first instance, the programme was to serve as a call for action to the private sector and other well-meaning Nigerians to contribute to ameliorating the effects of the pandemic and consequent stay-at-home order on the vulnerable.
“So far, the State Government has been able to reach out to close to 90,000 households in 19 Local Government Area of the State namely: Agege, Apapa, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Alimosho, Oshodi Isolo, Eti Osa, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Badagry, Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe, Shomolu, Surulere, Mushin, Ojo, Ifako-Ijaye and Ikorodu out of the first 200,000 households in the first instance. The outstanding Local Government yet to be covered, Ajeromi Ifelodun, would be covered on or before Tuesday 6th April, 2020.
“We also noticed that you found your voice after the 14 days self-isolation occasioned by your show of shame in Ibadan in the face of threat of COVID 19 pandemic.
“The Lagos State Government ably led by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu will not be distracted by political charlatans seeking desperately for relevance.”