Obi Hails Okonjo-Iweala’s Emergence as WTO DG

Describes Her as Shining Star

By Jude Atupulazi

The Vice-Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has eulogized the newly-elected Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, describing her emergence as historic.

By her election, Okonjo-Iweala becomes the first female and first African WTO Director-General.

In a congratulatory message made available to the press and signed by his media aide, Val Obienyem, Obi, who had earlier drummed up support for Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy, expressed delight at her emergence, saying she had always been known to shine brilliantly wherever she found herself.

Obi said he had high confidence that Okonjo-Iweala had the ability to draw from her knowledge, skills and wide experience from the economic and financial sectors, to lead the WTO to greater heights.

Obi stated that Okonjo-Iweala’s track record of success, both in Nigeria as Finance Minister, and across the world where she successfully served in various high profile positions in many global organizations and agencies; including the World Bank, stood her out as the right candidate for the job.

Obi further commended the member-nations of WTO, which, he said, put merit above sentiments in electing a very capable person for the job. He equally appreciated Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, for recognizing the great potentials in Okonjo-Iweala and nominating her for the job, noting that her emergence in the position was a huge blessing to the country.

Obi prayed God to give Okonjo-Iweala the wisdom to deliver on her new mandate.