The Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated Governor Seyi Makinde for planning to return some bags of rice donated by the federal government.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the Nigeria Customs Service to give Oyo 1,800 bags to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents of the state.
In a statement on Friday, the Special Adviser to governor Makinde on Agro Business, Debo Akande, said state health inspectors found out upon inspection that the bags of rice were infested with weevils.
However, the APC in Oyo, in a statement made available to this newspaper on Saturday by its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Olatunde, appreciated President Buhari for providing the relief to residents of the state.
The party also accused the state government of playing politics with COVID-19 and the relief packages from the federal government.
Olatunde said: “It’s very thoughtful of the federal government to have given the rice palliative to four states of Ekiti, Ondo, Osun and Oyo states, the same day.
“To God be the glory, none of the other three States that collected the rice consignment the same day had made similar complaints. This is another point to buttress our observations of unnecessary politicking of COVID-19 pandemic by the Oyo state government.
“Also, because the idea of total lockdown came from APC, Oyo state, the government chose an ineffective curfew of 7pm to 6am, which has been criticised by all reasonable stakeholders in Oyo state which Nigeria Medical Association, Oyo state chapter chairman publicly knocked on a popular radio station.”