Buhari meets ex-Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, at Aso Villa


By Ismaila Chafe

Abuja, Oct. 12, 2020 President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed door with the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Naija247news reports that Okonjo-Iweala contesting for the position of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

She has already emerged as one of the final two candidates for the position.

Naija247news reports that the agenda between the president and Okonjo-Iweala was unknown to newsmen as at the time of filing this report.

Naija247news however, learnt that the former minister’s visit to the Villa might not be unconnected with her efforts to clinch the WTO’s position.

A presidency source told Naija247news that Okonjo-Iweala was in the villa to seek presidential blessing and support from the president over her ambition of winning the WTO election.

Those sighted at the venue of the meeting included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.

Naija247news reports that President Buhari nominated Okonjo–Iweala for the position on June 5.

Also the ECOWAS endorsed her candidature for the position of director-general for the period 2021 to 2025.

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