- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's nomination for a top position at the World Trade Organisation appears to be shaky
- This is coming as the office of the legal counsel of the African Union said Okonjo-Iweala's nomination violates rules
- President Buhari had nominated her for the position after withdrawing the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO
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The African Union's legal counsel has said the nomination of Nigeria's former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is not in line with the present rules.
According to Premium Times, this was disclosed in a letter dated Monday, June 15, from the AU's legal office addressed to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Nigeria to the African Union.
The legal counsel in the letter referred to a note dated June 9 where it asked for the review of the office and argued against the nomination of Nigeria's former finance minister.
It was added that Okonjo-Iweala's nomination for the top position is against the existing rules of the organization.
This development is coming less than 2 weeks after President Buhari's nomination of Okonjo-Iweala as a candidate for the position was accepted by WTO.
Recall that the Nigerian leader had withdrawn the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO and approved the nomination of former finance minister on Thursday, June 4.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Okonjo-Iweala'a appointment for the position of the director-general of WTO seems to be shaky for now.
This is as the Arab Republic of Egypt claimed that the nomination by President Buhari “is not in conformity with the executive council decision" since the time for this nomination had elapsed in 2019, specifically Saturday, November 30.
The government of Egypt argued that the executive decision of the AU which had the deadline for African states to nominate candidates for the position was violated by Nigeria.
The international organization on Tuesday, June 9, stated that nominations for the office are still open. The election for the position is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025.
The African nation called on the ministerial committee on candidatures of the AU that only two persons have been nominated and endorsed for the embattled office: Abdulhameed Mamdouh of Egypt and Eloi Laourou of the Republic of Benin.
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