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Okonjo-Iweala Denies Presidential Ambition, Calls It “Utterly Ridiculous”

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The Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has ruled out standing for President in the 2020 election.

Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian finance minister and economics minister, has refuted media reports that she is considering running for president in 2023, calling the assertions “utterly ludicrous” and “absolutely wrong.”

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Some trade officials in Geneva have speculated that she will retire as Director-General of the World Trade Organization in order to run for President of Nigeria in 2023.

However, in a statement to Bloomberg News on October 1, 2021, Okonjo-Iweala denied that she was preparing to resign from the WTO in order to run for Nigeria’s top job in 2023, claiming she had no interest in doing so.

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She told Bloomberg the following:
“I just arrived. I’m having fun with what I’m doing. It’s a thrilling work, and I’m hoping to achieve some success here.”

She dismissed the rumors as “completely ludicrous,” insisting that she is focused on executing her work as WTO Director-General and achieving some of the organization’s goals.

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