Abuja - Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala, has hinted at legal action against Edo State Governor, Adams
Oshiomhole, over his recent efforts to link her to the alleged $2,1 billion
She described the governor’s allegations as
unsubstantiated and “a cynical personalization” of the anti-corruption campaign
to achieve ignoble objectives.
It emerged she has briefed her lawyers and that she was
ready to explore all legal means, local and international, to defend her name
against alleged corrupt and compromised persons.
The Minister stressed that she had “absolutely nothing”
to do with the arms deal.
She stated that it was an abuse of public office, the
judicial process and her human rights for Oshiomhole whom she reportedly
stopped from taking a highly suspicious N15 billion loan, to make false
allegations against her while hiding behind the constitutional immunity granted
“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,” Okonjo-Iweala said.
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She said it was unconscionable for the Governor to embark
on an alleged campaign of lies against her because she thwarted his dubious
“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
On Tueday, Okonjo-Iweala was honored for her
contributions to global development and humanity at a high profile event
attended by United States Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill
“Gov Oshiomole and his cohorts should realise
that their ill-motivated attempts to taint Dr Okonjo Iweala's reputation will
never succeed!” she said.
- CAJ News