False Allegation: Okonjo-Iweala Urges FG to Call Gov Oshiomhole to Order.
Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has called on the Federal Government to call Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to order over the Governor’s recent efforts to tarnish her reputation by linking her to the alleged $2.1 billion arms scam.
The Minister insisted that she has absolutely nothing to do with the issue noting that it is an abuse of public office, the judicial process and her human rights for Governor Oshiomhole whom she stopped from taking a ‘highly suspicious N15 billion loan’ to make false allegations against her while hiding behind the constitutional immunity granted state governors.
Recall that recently, the Debt Management Office’s 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 state would have found it very difficult to pay back.
The former minister said it is ‘unconscionable’ for Governor Oshiomole to embark on a campaign of lies against her because she thwarted his dubious loan request.
She described the Governor’s unsubstantiated allegations as a cynical personalization of the anti-corruption campaign to achieve ignoble objectives.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala therefore put Oshiomhole and his ilk on judicial notice saying she has briefed her lawyers and that she is ready to explore all legal means, local and international, to defend her name against corrupt and compromised persons.
Continuing the former minister said, “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”.
Recall that on December 1st, 2015, Dr Okonjo-Iweala was honored at a high profile event attended by US Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton.
Dr Okonjo Iweala was honored alongside Michael Bloomberg, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim for their contributions to global development and humanity.
“Governor Oshiomole and his cohorts should realize that their ill-motivated attempts to taint Dr Okonjo Iweala’s reputation will never succeed! She concluded.
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