OLAYINKA OWOLABI, Anambra
Anambra State government on Thursday, debunked the rumours making rounds that some top officials of the state government had contracted the Coronavirus and were spreading it in government house.
An online source had reported that the Governor, Willie Obiano, his wife, and some top government officials had been allegedly infected with the coronavirus through the wife of the Chief of Staff to the governor, who recently returned from the United States.
The chief of staff to Governor Willie Obiano, Chief Primus Odili, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Chike Okoli described the rumour as cheap blackmail by political opponents who thrive on falsehood.
According to him, the political field is open and wide enough for anyone to play his game without overlapping into another’s part of the pitch, adding that using COVID -19 against someone was in bad faith.
A governor’s aide had recently told newsmen on condition of anonymity that Obiano had since the second wave of the pandemic shunned public functions.
Part of the statement by the media aide read in part, “This is certainly the season of trash and cheap blackmail against perceived opponents, with the majority of them not worthy of any response.
“However, the recent viral post that there has been a coronavirus scare in the government house is not only infantile but the height of mischief, obviously driven by envy and jealousy.
“For the records, there’s no such scare in government house; least of all, it’s being triggered by the wife of the COS. The Governor is 100% fine and going about his administrative duties diligently while observing the world recommended wearing of face mask, sanitizing and social distancing
“The post is, therefore, part of the evil machinations of those, who, for reasons best known to them, are envious and jealous of the young man, Primus, his track records and his wife, whose only offense is that she visits her husband from time to time from America.
“Primus and wife are hale and hearty. The wife is safely back in the United States and doing her work, while our governor is safely doing his work here.