• Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Ebola: APC frustrated by Nigeria’s success, says PDP

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The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for alleged attempt to discredit the PDP-led Federal
Government and relegate its efforts in the containment of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Nigeria.

Olisa Metuh, PDP national publicity secretary, in a statement on Sunday said the APC is frustrated and unhappy because Nigerians are happy with the PDP-led Federal Government for “the speed and energy with which it tackled the scourge and brought it under control.”

It said the success on Ebola was because the Federal Government swung into action not allowing any room for Nigerians to be misled by anybody.

“We know that the APC prefers that the Ebola scourge continued unabated in Nigeria so as to have what to blame the PDP-led government for. Now that it has been contained, the APC is frustrated because the people are happy with President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP-led Federal Government for the proactive manner with which the disease was confronted and overcame”, the party said.

The PDP insisted that the national success recorded on Ebola was because President Goodluck Jonathan refused to politicise the issue but took the bull by the horns through an aggressive multi-sectoral approach for treatment, awareness and control to the admiration of all Nigerians and the international community.

The ruling party observed that it was public knowledge that immediately the disease surfaced in the country, the PDP-led Federal Government swung into action and coordinated intervention efforts with the Lagos State government, Nigerian medical personnel and international health organisations to bring it under control.

“The PDP makes bold to state that the multi-sectoral approach deployed by the Federal Government, with the concerted collaboration of the federal ministries of health, aviation, information, education, transport and other relevant agencies, such as the Nigerian Immigration

Service for intensive screening, quarantine and treatment efforts as well as the massive awareness, ended the spread of the disease and resulted in its containment in our country.

“We are also amused by the contradictions in the APC’s statement in which it also commended the roles played by the honorable minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, in the containment effort. We ask, is the minister not appointed and supervised by President Goodluck Jonathan? Is he not of the PDP? Or is the APC now trying to appropriate him?