Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has tested positive to the ravaging coronavirus disease.
Confirming the development on Saturday, July 4 in Abakaiki, the Special Assistant on Media to Umahi, Mr Francis Nwaze, confirmed that some close aides of the governor also tested positive to the disease.
Nwaze confirmed that though the governor was not currently showing any symptom of the disease; he has isolated in line with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols.
“The governor has directed his Deputy, Dr Kelechi, to coordinate the state’s fight against the disease and appealed to the citizens to take the NCDC protocols seriously.”
“He will currently be working from ‘home’ and will be conducting all meetings virtually,” Nwaze confirmed.
1st News had reported that Umahi on July 2; announced that he was expecting his second COVID-19 test result on July 3 and will make it public.
Umahi while swearing-in newly appointed state Executive Council (EXCO) members among other appointees said that he had directed all those who worked in the state’s 2020 budget review team to immediately undergo COVID-19 test.
“We are finalising the state’s budget review as required by the World Bank and after such hard work; most us ‘broke down’ and are being treated of malaria.’’
He recalled that he had earlier tested negative to the virus from a test; conducted after a hectic adaptation to the state’s newly introduced accounting system in March.
Meanwhile, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed confidence in the ability of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; is capable of leading the Peoples Democratic Party to victory at the Edo State governorship election.
1st News had also reported that the party’s National Working Committee on Friday appointed the governor as the Chairman, Edo State Governorship Election National Campaign Council.
Atiku stated that the duo of the Rivers governor as well as Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State as chairman and vice-chairman respectively will coast the party to victory.
He tweeted on Saturday, July 4; “Congratulations, @GovWike on your appointment as Chairman of Edo State Governorship Election National Campaign Council of our great party, @OfficialPDPNig.
“I am confident that your leadership, supported by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, the Vice-Chairman; and other members of the PDP #Edo2020 Council will work assiduously for the victory of @GovernorObaseki; and set Edo State on the path of even greater development.”