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WTO: Obiano ramps support for Okonjo-Iweala

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ANAMBRA State Governor, Willie Obiano, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders not to allow United States to frustrate Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s bid to emerge as next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

  Obiano said this in a statement released by Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in Awka, yesterday ,with the title, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President Buhari and African Leaders to Step Up Diplomatic Offensive.’

  According to the statement, all that is needed is a great diplomatic offensive before the formal announcement of the winner on November 9.

  “The people and government of Anambra State, therefore, call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to immediately set in motion the machinery to get the United States to do the right thing by supporting the most qualified and the most popular candidate.

The Trump administration wants South Korean Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, who has the support of only 55 nations, about 50 per cent of Okonjo-Iweala’s vote. It needs not to have its way. Earlier this year, it opposed the re-election of Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and African Union’s choice, as the African Development Bank President based on unsubstantiated allegations like nepotism.

It is difficult to understand why the Trump administration should be on a collision course with Africans on international assignments. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in May, the administration announced it was severing relations with the World Health Organisation led by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian, accusing the organisation of being China’s lackey, the same charge it levels against the WTO,” the statement reads in part.

  Meanwhile, federal government says Nigeria will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure the emergence of Dr Ngozi Okono-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

  A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, gave the assurance in a statement released in Abuja yesterday.

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