Akeredolu, 5 other Nigerian governors who tested positive for Covid-19 (Updated)

Akeredolu, 5 other Nigerian governors who tested positive for Covid-19 (Updated)

Since Friday, February 28, when Nigeria recorded its first case of Covid-19, it has been a rollercoaster as 25,694 people irrespective of class, age and affiliation have been infected as at Tuesday, June 30.

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Distinguished of these cases are high-profile Nigerians including politicians, judges, business moguls, health experts and others.

And of course, 590 deaths have been recorded with former chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, and former governor of Oyo state Senator Abiola Ajimobi leading the tragic train of prominent Nigerians who have lost the battle to the virus.

Another big fish was caught in the dragnet of the virus as Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Legit.ng, meanwhile, highlights all the Nigerian governors who have tested positive for the infection.

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Akeredolu, four other governors who tested positive for Covid-19 (full list)

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Nigeria, five governors have tested positive for Covid-19.
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1. Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi

The governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, on Tuesday, March 24, tested positive for the coronavirus as confirmed by Mukhtar Gidado, the senior special assistant to the governor on media.

The medium later reported that the governor on Thursday, April 9, announced on Twitter that he had recovered from the virus, giving the people of Bauchi state a sigh of relief.

2. Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state

Governor Oluwaseyi Makinde of Oyo state on Monday, March 30, joined the list of high-profile Nigerians who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Legit.ng recalls that the governor broke the news in a tweet on his official Twitter account.

Makinde, who is head of the Oyo Covid-19 task force, said he had handed over his task force duties to the former chief medical director, the University College Hospital (UCH) professor, Temitope Alonge.

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Governor Makinde later disclosed that he had recovered from the coronavirus after testing negative for the virus a second time.

3. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state

In news that came as a shock, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna on Saturday, March 28, announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the index case in the state.

The governor, who made the disclosure in a statement in Kaduna, said he had gone into self-isolation.

The governor in a statement on Wednesday, April 22, later disclosed that after nearly four weeks of observing a strict medical regime, he received the all-clear after two consecutive negative test results.

4. Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu tested positive for the deadly infection as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 67 new cases of Covid-19 in Abia state on Sunday, June 7.

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The governor's chief press secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, said Ikpeazu was in high spirits and was being monitored by the health workers of the state after he went into self-isolation.

Ikpeazu is yet to recover from the virus and there is a renewed anxiety in Abia state over his health with the governor still reportedly positive for Covid-19 weeks after contracting the virus.

5. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state

To the surprise of his loyalists, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday, June 30, announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus infection.

The governor made the disclosure on Tuesday, June 30, via a video shared on his official and verified Twitter account.

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Akeredolu said as at the time of receiving his test result, he is asymptomatic and has since gone into self-isolation.

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6. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, July 1, confirmed that he and his wife have contracted the deadly coronavirus.

The governor announced this news on his official and verified Twitter page on Wednesday, adding that both himself and the first lady of the state are continuing with their self-isolation.

Okowa broke the news days after announcing that one of his daughters tested positive for the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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