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By: Ade Adeleke
The 2016 Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Ondo state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has clarified that his decision to distribute food items to the needy during this COVID-19 pandemic was not politically motivated.
Jegede who is also hoping to be the party’s candidate for the October 10, 2020 governorship election, explained that for him to take part of his little resources to fend for those in need in the wake of the pandemic, was to basically help the less privileged and the party’s members.
He gave this indication in Akure, the Ondo State capital, when he visited various parts of the state, where he donated food items to party’s leaders and other members of the public aimed at cushioning the effects of the restrictions occasioned by the disease.
This is contained in a statement made available SUNSHINETRUTH by one of his Aides, Mr. Olumide Ogunkua, a former Attorney-General, said the disease had caught humanity unawares and posed a lesson in humility and sacrifice.
Jegede appealed affluent Nigerians to see the coronavirus pandemic as a global disaster and sacrifice resources to aid the vulnerable.
“Coronavirus was not in any way anticipated or prepared for. But what is uppermost is the two-fold fact that while observing precautionary steps, the well-to-do citizens should rise in support of the poor and the vulnerable,” Jegede pleaded.
“I’m not aware that COVID-19 has a political party or belongs to an interest group. It’s like a plague that is threatening human existence.
“We should all realise that only the living can rule and be ruled, govern and be governed,” he stated.
While urging governments at all levels to focus more on the improvement of the health sector, the PDP Governorship Aspirant also urged other statutory establishments should not lose focus in respect of their basic responsibilities.
The senior lawyer, advised fellow politicians to eschew violence and come together in bond in the interest of the people.
“For instance, coronavirus, however virulent, has taught us a bitter lesson that we actually live for each Other,” he said.