In a statement, special adviser to the governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the decision of the government prohibiting the gathering of more than 20 persons in any part of the state for political reasons still stands, noting that the state government would not tolerate any form of violation of the gazette to safeguard the health of residents.
According to him, “The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led state government would strictly enforce the provisions of the gazette to manage political gatherings in the state in fulfillment of its duty to protect the lives of residents.
“As at today, we have recorded a total of 580 confirmed cases, which highlights the alarming rate of community spread of the virus in the state. It, therefore, behoves on us to take decisive steps to stop the spread and protect Edo people from this common enemy.
“We need to be alive to play politics; we need to live to vote and be voted for in the election. The rules to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the gazette must be strictly followed by all political parties in the state as the government will not condone any form of violation of the provisions of the gazette by any person or group of persons.
“We’re once more warning persons intent on rubbishing the gains made in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 and compromising our healthcare system to be assured that the full weight of the law would run its course”.