The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has demanded that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 must apologize to Nigerians for initially feigning ignorance on the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team that came into the country last month.
Reacting after the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola at Tuesday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 revealed the mission of the team in the country following 48-hour ultimatum it issued the Federal Government last week, the party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olongbondiyan said the government would have faced the anger of Nigerians if they had failed to respond after the expiration of the ultimatum.
“PDP noted that the APC administration would have faced the anger of Nigerians for its lack of transparency, at the lapsing of the 48-hours ultimatum, but for the clarifications by the Chinese Embassy and CCECC.
“With this clarification by CCECC, the PDP demands that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 should come clean on the reasons it claimed ignorance of the whereabouts of the Chinese team and apologize to Nigerians.
“This is because our party believes that the health minister’s conduct betrayed a plot by certain officials of the Federal Government to deceive Nigerians and ostensibly distract public attention from the acts of corruption being perpetrated in the fight against COVID-19 in our country.
“The PDP consequently demands that the Federal Government should immediately declare and account for, in details, all funds, equipment, therapeutics and sundry aids it has received from international and indigenous bodies and individuals, given the exposed proclivities of its officials for diversion of such aids.
“PDP applauded Nigerians for supporting its 48-hour ultimatum to the Federal Government and assured that it would never relent in protecting their interest at all times, particularly against the cabal in the APC, who are bent at not only pillaging our national resources but also to cause confusion in the polity” Olongbondiyan said.