Coronavirus: APC, PDP shut down secretariats

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ational Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been shut down for two weeks as a measure to protect the staff from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended all political activities, including its ongoing congresses for the election of party executives.

The APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, announced the closure in a brief meeting with the staff yesterday.

According to him, as a ruling party, they have to join the government in finding a way to curtail the spread of the virus, therefore the need to shut down the secretariat.

The chairman, who came with a face mask, maintained distance from the two other National Working Committee (NWC) members who were present during the briefing.

He assured the staff that the compulsory stay at home would not affect the prompt payment of their salary.

Addressing them, he said: “This is just a preventive measure the party has taken by closing down the secretariat for about two weeks so we can manage the situation at hand. But if it persists, then we will have to extent the holidays, because we need to remain alive to be able to serve the country as a whole and members of the party.

“We as APC leaders must be seeing to obey the Federal Government’s rules. It is no longer a secret that we are facing a pandemic all over the world and Nigeria has its own share of the coronavirus, although it is not as bad as other countries, but clearly the numbers are increasing as it is said, prevention is better than cure.”

The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, said it was in furtherance of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

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