The Media Adviser to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Paul Nwabuikwu, has alleged that some Nigerians were sabotaging the campaign of Okonjo-Iweala for the leadership of the World Trade Organisation.
This was contained in a statement by the aide to Okonjo-Iweala issued on Friday, July 11, entitled: “Ongoing efforts to misrepresent Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s campaign for director-general of the World Trade Organisation.”
He stated, “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 a negative light.”
Nwabuikwu further revealed that this was the effort to misrepresent the campaign’s relationship with Mercury Communications; one of the organisations and also individuals that had done voluntary, pro bono work for the campaign.
According to him, Mercury Communications was never formally engaged by Okonjo-Iweala; and its work for the campaign was done strictly on a volunteer basis.
He added, “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, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Friday, July 10, explained that the decision of the Federal Government to cancel the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination in Nigeria this year was not in the nation’s best interest.
Atiku further stated that the FG ought to have consulted with stakeholders before reaching that decision.
Atiku said: “At a time of the global COVID-19 pandemic; it is understandable that an abundance of caution be put in place to save lives. However, caution, without consultation; and thoughtful action, may be counter-productive.
“1.5 million Nigerian youths write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination annually. To abruptly cancel this examination is to set back our nation’s youth; and place them behind their contemporaries in other West African nations.”