Okonjo-Iweala denies presidential ambition, calls it “utterly ridiculous”

Ngozi Okonjo

Ngozi Okonjo

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has ruled out running for the office of President in the next 2020 election.

Former Nigerian finance minister and economics minister Okonjo-Iweala has denied media allegations that she is interested in running for the country’s presidency in 2023, calling the claims “utterly ridiculous” and “completely untrue.”.

Some Geneva trade officials have said that she will resign from her position as Director-General of the World Trade Organization in order to run in the Nigerian presidential election in 2023.

But Okonjo-Iweala refuted in a statement to Bloomberg News on October 1, 2021, that she was planning to retire from her WTO position in order to run for Nigeria’s top job in 2023, saying she had no interest in doing so.

She said the following to Bloomberg,

 “I just got here. I am enjoying what I’m doing. It is a very exciting job and I am trying to have some successes here.”

She described the rumours as “utterly ridiculous”, maintaining that she is focused on doing her job as the WTO chief and achieving some milestones with the organisation.

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