“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,” said a recent press statement by Paul Nwabuikwu, media adviser to Prof. Okonjo-Iweala.
Okonjo-Iweala, whose candidacy is dividing the African Union, in the statement said that those against her candidacy were manufacturing controversy to link her to. Okonjo-Iweala, who was Nigeria’s Minister of Finance under former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and now the country’s candidate for the leadership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said that powerful and well-connected forces from home were working against her candidacy.
“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,” said the statement.
The finance technocrat stated that attempts by these elements to manufacture a controversy in the local and international media by distorting the facts to create 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,” concluded the statement.