Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Why Oshiomhole is after me – Okonjo-Iweala

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the immediate former Minister of Finance, has called on the Federal Government to caution Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, over his recent attempt to link her to the alleged $2.1 billion arms procurement scandal...

Speaking on Wednesday, through Paul Nwabuikwu, her media adviser, the former Minister said she has absolutely nothing to do with the arms procurement issue.
Okonjo-Iweala said Oshiomhole is after her because she stopped him from ‘taking a highly suspicious N15 billion loan’, hence his resort to making false allegations against her.
“As recently confirmed by the Debt Management Office, professional analysis showed that Oshiomhole’s loan request which was based on using low interest World Bank loan to offset high interest commercial loans would have left Edo state with a heavy debt burden and the the state would have found it very difficult to pay back.”
She said the failure of Oshiomhole to get the loan is behind his ceaseless campaign of lies.
Okonjo-Iweala stated that she has briefed her lawyers and that she is ready to explore all legal means, local and international, to defend her name against corrupt and compromised persons.
“It has become a pattern of behavior that each time Dr. Ngozi OKonjo-Iweala is internationally recognized, Governor Oshiomole and his cohorts embark on a cynical and devious ploy of trying to pull her down locally.”
“Just last night, December 1st, Dr Okonjo-Iweala was honored at a high profile event attended by Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton. Dr Okonjo Iweala was honored alongside Michael Bloomberg, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim for their contributions to global development and humanity.
Gov Oshiomole and his cohorts should realize that their ill-motivated attempts to taint Dr Okonjo Iweala’s reputation will never succeed.”

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