The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government lacked the capacity to manage the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The party said that this informed the call by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu on state governments to now take ownership of the response.
PDP in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan noted that the three states where the Federal Government took up the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, namely; Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states, had recorded very high statistics in infection and fatality rates compared to states where it was not involved.
According to the party, the plan by the Federal Government to transfer the management and coordination of national response on COVID-19 pandemic to state governors was manifestation of leadership failure.
PDP, however, regretted that the call was too late as the infection rate has spiked.
“Nigerians can recall how our party and other well-meaning Nigerians repeatedly counselled the Presidency to involve state governors, the private sector and critical stakeholders for an effective multisectoral and multilayered approach, to no avail,” the party stated.
It described the Federal Government response as parochial, which it added, was marred by corruption, nepotism, incompetence and narrow-minded.
PDP stated that the call by the PTF National Coordinator on the governors is an abdication of duty, noting that had President Muhammadu Buhari involved the states and allowed for a multilayered, people-based approach in the distribution of palliatives, development of therapeutics and implementation of protocols, the situation would have been better handled.