Delta top officials panic as Okowa and wife test positive


THERE was palpable fear at the Government House in Asaba on Wednesday following the report that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his wife, Edith, tested positive for coronavirus.

Orange learnt that almost all the offices at the Government House had been shut, as workers were said to have abandoned their offices for safety, leaving only the security behind.

Source told our correspondent that the news that the father of the state and his family had tested positive for COVID-19, was an indication that the state was in danger.


“Almost all the offices have been shut down; workers are afraid as the key components of the government have tested positive.

“These are those who have been observing the COVID-19 protocol, yet they still contracted it, meaning all of us are not safe,” the source said.

But the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olise Ifeajika, said that Government House was not shut down.

He said, “SSG, Commissioner for information are in isolation centres; so, the only person, who speaks now is me and what I said today is the position of government.

“We have not shut down Government House. Any government official, who goes for test, is for them to know their status.

“Governor is not sick; that he tested positive does not make him sick. He is stable and responding to treatment. Even the SSG, in his confinement, he handled few things. It is not a death sentence.”

Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has prayed for the quick recovery of Okowa and his wife.

In a statement, Obaseki said, “The governor (Okowa) has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight in Delta State and we know that he may have contracted the virus on the line of duty, serving the good people of Delta State. I know the governor to be a man of faith and we trust that he would get well soon to continue on his enviable development trajectory in the state.”
Similarly, members of the Delta State caucus of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, in a get-well-quick message signed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu; Chairman of Delta House of Representatives caucus, Victor Nwaokolo, Nicholas Mutu, Leonard Ogor, Nicholas Ossai, Julius Pondi, Efe Afe, Ben Igbakpa, Thomas Ereyitomi and Francis Waive, pledged their support and prayers for the governor and his family.


They urged the family to be strong and remarked that being tested positive to COVID-19 was not by any way a death sentence.

The caucus pledged their support and prayers for the governor and his family, saying they remain behind them at this critical time.

It urged the family to be strong and remarked that being tested positive to COVID-19 was not by any way a death sentence.

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