Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 April 2012

Nigeria: PDP Backs Okonjo Iweala for World Bank Presidency

Photo: Stephen Jaffe/IMF
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Lagos.

The Peoples Democratic Party has described Nigeria's Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the most suitable of all the aspirants to the presidency of the World Bank, urging Africa and the world to support her.

In a statement in Abuja through its National Publicity Secretary Chief Olisa Metuh, the party described Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as a global citizen whose critical roles in global financial circles have positioned her as an "eagle on the tallest Iroko" in contest for the leadership of the world apex financial institution.

"She is without doubt the best person to lead the World Bank at this material time of global economic challenges. Her decades- long track record of excellence in financial management - locally and internationally - is an undisputable score card, a rare type that the global community is in dire need of at the moment," the statement reads.

The party hailed all countries and international organizations that have risen beyond politics to emphatically declare their support for Okonjo-Iweala, saying: "We commend all the nations and organizations that have declared support for this great daughter of Africa."

"We commend the Federal Government and the National Assembly for championing this noble cause. We appeal to the conscience of the international community to step aside politics and do the best in the interest of the entire world," the statement added.

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