PDP accuses Presidency, APC of attempt to manipulate performance indices

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over attempt by the All Progressive Congress (APC) led Federal Government to falsify economic and development indices across all sectors with a view to create a false sense of performance.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologondiyan who made this allegation known in a press conference in Abuja said that the PDP was privy to clandestine meetings and the engagement of certain unscrupulous Nigerians and foreign profiling firms, who have been heavily paid to fabricate, dish out and saturate the polity with fake performance indices and contrived polls in favour of the failed and incompetent Buhari-led Federal Government.

Ologbondiyan hinted that the hatchet job was being coordinated by a member of the cabal in the Presidency, alongside two prominent cabinet ministers and a top member of the APC.

In his words, “We want to alert Nigerians and the international community of a heinous design now hatched by the desperate APC-controlled Federal Government to delude Nigerians on the true state of affairs of our nation, particularly on security and the comatose economy.

“We have information that forces at the Presidency and the leadership of the APC, having failed to record any meaningful achievement in their three years of failed governance, and having realized that they have nothing on which to anchor their ill-lucked 2019 re-election bid, have mobilized their agents to commence the falsification of economic and development indices across all sectors, with a view to create a false sense of performance.

“We are also privy to clandestine meetings and the engagement of certain unscrupulous Nigerians and foreign profiling firms, who have been heavily paid to fabricate, dish out and saturate our polity with fake performance indices and contrived polls in favour of the failed and incompetent Buhari-led Federal Government.

“This face-saving stunt is being coordinated by a member of the cabal in the Presidency, alongside two prominent cabinet ministers and a top member of the APC.

“As we speak, agents have infiltrated federal ministries and agencies with a view to inject fake performance figures, while the cabal is mounting pressure on statistics based organizations to manipulate performance indices in favour of the failed Presidency”.

He posited that in the next couple of months, the news media and the entire polity would be inundated with cooked-up indices, which would be well spiced up and heavily publicized to give unsuspecting Nigerians a false sense of hope and set the table for another round of electoral propaganda.

“Part of this plot is to falsify figures to suggest sudden economic rebound, with false and unverifiable statistics in critical sectors, particularly, agriculture, youth empowerment, health, social safety nets, security among others to hoodwink the people.

“There will also be frantic effort to lay claim on projects initiated and executed by the PDP; multiple commissioning of same projects like the railway project and the unmanned drone project in Kaduna state; awards of bogus contracts and procurement of international endorsements.

“Our take is that this resort to falsehood has clearly shown the depravity of the APC in the face of its failure. Such a trip is practically of no moment as Nigerians are now better informed and cannot be swayed by imported indices and fabricated statistics”, he added.

The PDP spokesman however advised the media, all Nigerians and the international community to, in the interest of the people, crosscheck all figures and indices coming from the Presidency, the APC and uncertified profiling agencies, who he said were being used by the Federal Government in this new attempt to deceive the people.

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