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Edo governor risks suit over arms issue allegations

03 December 2015, 11:41Augustine Osayande

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 arms issue.

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 state governors.

“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 loan request.

“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,.”

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 Clinton.

“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


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