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Okonjo-Iweala debunks reports she might quit WTO to run for President of Nigeria



Director General of the World Trade Organisation, (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, says she is not interested in running for the highest office in Nigeria, describing the speculation as “utterly ridiculous and not true.”

The Punch reports that Bloomberg quoted Okonjo-Iweala as speaking in reaction to the rumour that she is reportedly mulling the possibility of resigning her WTO job to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

“I just got here. I am enjoying what I’m doing,” she said.

According to Bloomberg News, the WTO boss began the year with “a plan to score quick negotiating victories that she said would help reboot the dysfunctional Geneva-based trade body;” but she has fully grasped the frustrating reality of the WTO’s historical inertia.

The New York-based medium quoted five trade officials in Geneva who declined to be identified.

Some Geneva trade officials told Bloomberg News that they suspect Okonjo-Iweala wants to run in the 2023 presidential election in her native country of Nigeria.

Okonjo-Iweala didn’t comment about her threats to resign but denied any interest in running for the Nigerian presidency, calling such speculation “utterly ridiculous and not true” in a statement to Bloomberg News.

“I just got here. I am enjoying what I’m doing. It is a very exciting job and I am trying to have some successes here.” she told Bloomberg News in a television interview.

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