Okonjo-Iweala Cries Out Over Plan To Scuttle WTO Bid

Okonjo-Iweala Cries Out Over Plan To Scuttle WTO Bid

Okonjo-Iweala Cries Out Over Plan To Scuttle WTO Bid

…As Atiku Declares Support

Augustine Akhilomen

Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has raised the alarm over plans to scuttle her chances of been selected for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

In a statement issued on Saturday by her media aide, Paul Nwabuike, she said a certain group and their cohorts are peddling outright lies and distortions designed to invent a non-existent scandal in order to paint Okonjo-Iweala and her campaign in a negative light.

He said: “Ongoing efforts to misrepresent Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s campaign for director-general of the World Trade Organisation.”

“It has come to our attention that there is an ongoing effort by some well-connected Nigerians to sabotage the campaign of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the country’s candidate for director-general of the World Trade Organisation.”

“As part of this campaign, these persons and their cohorts are peddling outright lies and distortions designed to invent a non-existent scandal in order to paint the candidate and her campaign in negative light.”

“The attempt by these elements to manufacture a controversy in the local and international media by distorting the facts and creating falsehoods to link the campaign with some of Mercury’s current or past clients to push a false impression is contemptible.

“It is sad that the elements behind this campaign are placing their squalid concerns above the interests of the country.

“We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to ignore this condemnable effort.”

Meanwhile, for Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar, has thrown his weight behind the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Atiku stated this via his official twitter handle on Saturday, where he said that the former Finance Minister has the capacity and experience to handle such a position.

“Experience and the enormous related works she has done confirms without equivocation that her leadership shall be a blessing to the WTO and the world”.

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