While reacting to the criticisms of those against the rally, Makinde stated that there was no Coronavirus in the PDP.
Insideoyo.com reports that the Governor was quoted to have said this at the South-West unification rally held at Mapo hall, Ibadan, Oyo state.
Makinde said: “Today is the beginning of unity in the South-West region. If South-West is united, the whole country will be united. We are using this opportunity to welcome our brothers and sisters from APC, ADP, ZLP, SDP and ADC.
“I want you to take two things home. And the first is; they are of the opinion that we should not have staged this rally because of the Coronavirus pandemic but it was one of their leaders who said Coronavirus has already infiltrated their party. We all know that there is no Coronavirus in our own party.
“The second is, last week, some people went to Lagos to protest against Amotekun. They did the same in Ekiti yesterday. And you will begin to wonder if these elements are really of Yoruba extraction. But the truth of the matter, which has also been established, is that our people want Amotekun and it has come to stay.
“So, I want to urge us to show deep love to our leaders and their loyalists who have joined us again. Let us tell them they are welcome to their home.”
The unification rally witnessed the return of erstwhile chieftains of the PDP including its former National Secretary and former Osun State Governor, Prince Oyinlola, chieftains of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), including its governorship candidate in the Osun State governorship election, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade; a former deputy governor of Oyo State, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja; a former Senator representing Oyo North Senatorial District, Dr. Gbenga Babalola.
The Governor is however being criticised for allowing a rally to take place amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
See some reactions below:
Did Seyi Makinde host PDP rally amidst scare of the Coronavirus?
That’s truly regrettable & a minus on his part. It shows the huge disconnect between the political elites & global events.
If Coronavirus pandemic breaks out in that state, Seyi Makinde should be held responsible. pic.twitter.com/z9ekvGmTo9
— ?? NEFERTITI ?? (@firstladyship) March 19, 2020
Unfortunately, at a time when governments across the globe are banning public gathering including schools and religion, Governor Seyi Makinde chooses to organize political gathering. This is unfortunate pic.twitter.com/9G34gay1hQ
— Tajudeen (@Tjovial) March 19, 2020
For the records Seyi Makinde and his team were in Florida in March 4th , they held a mega rally in Ibadan yesterday the 18th , the 14 day self isolation period wasn’t observed .
— : (@borie_nla) March 19, 2020
While serious Governors were doing the needful running up and down to keep citizens safe, Seyi Makinde hosted his co-clowns in their hundreds.
I don’t envy Oyo people. pic.twitter.com/MUwElqRNke
— Daddy Fareed (@iam_ademuyiwa) March 18, 2020
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