Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the presidency is planning to hoodwink Nigerians by laying claims to imaginary and fictitious investments and economic opportunities as gains of President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s visit to the United States.
The party said its findings revealed that part of the scheme is to injectÂ extraneous issues in their account of interaction between PresidentÂ Buhari and President Donald Trump in order to arrive at a predeterminedÂ impression of a successful state visit.
A statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said part of the plan includes presenting President Trump with false performance indicesÂ and claiming that the US President endorsed the Buhari administrationâ€™sÂ imaginary economic direction, its discredited anti-corruption war asÂ well as the failed handling of security in the country.
â€œThis is in addition to bogus claims of imaginary deals sealed withÂ certain investors to bring in huge investments into Nigeria, a practiceÂ that has become a pattern whenever the President goes on official visitÂ abroad.
â€œWe invite Nigerians to note that the presidency had always claimed toÂ attract huge investments, the latest being claims of a $15 billionÂ investment during the 2018 Commonwealth Head of Government MeetingÂ (CHOGM), whereas no sign of such investments have come to our country,â€ it said.
The opposition party further said it was aware that in line with this scheme, a particularÂ cabinet minister had since last week, been moving around media housesÂ and other interests in the United States with a view to procuring,Â swaying and lobbying for endorsements for President Buhari.
â€œWe note that the issue of governance by falsehood and procuredÂ endorsements in the past three years has led our country into the presentÂ predicament in all sectors.
â€œAs we move towards 2019, it is imperative that Nigerians are not fedÂ with fake performance indices, whereas the market dynamics and realityÂ on ground shows the contrary.
â€œWe therefore charge the presidency and the All Progressives CongressÂ (APC) to shed their proclivity for propaganda as government by falsehoodÂ cannot yield any dividend to the people,â€ it said.