A former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has debunked the reports which suggested that she has an ambition to contest the presidential election in 2019.
This was made known in a statement signed by her media consultant, Paul Nwabuikwu, on Tuesday, which stated that the former minister was preoccupied with important international duties.
It is reported that, a few days ago, a campaign poster surfaced on social media with former vice president Atiku Abubakar’s image as presidential candidate while the former finance minister stood as running mate under no specified political party.
The said statement by Mr. Nwabuikwu which was made available to journalists read: “Our attention has been drawn to speculative media stories linking former Minister of Finance, Dr Okonjo-Iweala with the next presidential election scheduled to hold in 2019.
“In an effort to invest their efforts with phony credibility, those behind the project have even gone to the extent of designing a fake campaign poster embossed with her image.
“This is to clarify that Dr Okonjo-Iweala who is busy with important international duties has absolutely nothing to do with these speculations and activities.
“We urge the Nigerian media and public to ignore this mischievous exercise and its sponsors.”
Written by Okolo Ezinne