The Edo State Government has advised opposition parties to be conscious of COVID-19 and not endanger voters on the altar of electioneering campaigns.
The Deputy Governor of Edo, Mr Philip Shaibu, gave the advice in Benin on Friday while receiving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donated by Azura Power Plant.
“I know very soon Edo will go into electioneering campaigns My appeal to you is that, please don’t play politics with COVID-19 because you don’t know if you are going to be the next if you don’t observe social distancing.
“For us as a state, we will not mix politics with COVID-19. Some persons make all forms of statements in the name of politics. The life of our people is very important to us as a state than the elections.
“Election will come and go. We need our people to be alive to be able to vote. They need us to be alive to make ourselves available to be voted for.
”I am appealing to us, we should not play politics with the lives of our people. This period, we should not mix politics with this pandemic.
“For us in Edo, it is all about infrastructure and the well-being of our people.
”We appreciate Azura Power Plant for this donation of relief materials as it affects our health workers, they are our heroes in this period,” he said.
Presenting the PPE to the state government, the Azura Power Plant Community Relations Manager, Sunny Ogbodo, said that the organisation was identifying with the state government in the fight against the COVID-19.