3rd December, 2015
Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has revealed why Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo is trying to implicate her in the fraudulent activities perpetuated under the last administration.
Okonjo-Iweala who wants the federal government to caution Oshiomhole’s false allegations against her, noted that, he was bitter because she stopped him “from taking a highly suspicious N15 billion loan”.
“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,” a statement issued by Paul Nwabuikwu, media adviser to Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said.
The former World Bank boss said that it is unconscionable for the former labour leader 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 notice that 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.”
“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. Just last night, December 1st, Dr Okonjo-Iweala was honored at a high profile event attended by 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.
“Oshiomole and his cohorts should realize that their ill-motivated attempts to taint Dr Okonjo Iweala’s reputation will never succeed!”