Okonjo-Iweala to sue Oshiomole over link to $2.1bn arms deal, others.


Former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said she would sue Governor Adam Oshiomole over her linkage to the raging $2.1 billion arms deal and other corruption issues.

The former minister said she has put Oshiomhole and his ilk on notice having 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.

In a statement by Paul Nwabiukwu, the spokesperson for Okonjo-Iweala, the former minister noted that It has become a pattern of behavior that each time 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.

The former minister who has requested the federal government to call Oshiomhole to order over the efforts to link her name to the alleged deal, stressed that she has absolutely nothing to do with the issue.

“it is an abuse of public office, the judicial process and her human rights for 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”.

” 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 state would have found it very difficult to pay back”.

She said that it is unconscionable for the Governor 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.

On Tuesday December 1, Okonjo-Iweala was honored at a high profile event attended by Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton. Okonjo Iweala was honored alongside Michael Bloomberg, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim for their contributions to global development and humanity.

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