- Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization is gaining momentum by the day
- From the home front, President Muhammadu Buhari is pulling his weight to ensure the former Nigerian minister clinches the job
- The president is meeting with major stakeholders to ensure Okonjo-Iweala's victory is assured
The European Council has reaffirmed its support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in her bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Mr. Charles Michel, president of the council, reiterated its support in a video conference held with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, October 30.
President Buhari thanked the European Council for its support for Nigeria’s candidate.
President Buhari also expressed appreciation to Mr. Michel for expected positive developments on the issues.
Earlier, the European Union backed Okonjo-Iweala's bid with the 27 EU-member states endorsing the former Nigerian finance and foreign affairs minister.
Okonjo-Iweala had also won the goodwill of a group of Caribbean and Pacific States as well as others from Asia.
Meanwhile, Aliko Dangote, one of Africa's richest business mogul, has declared his support for Okonjo-Iweala in the race.
Dangote believes that the WTO needs a professional with proven international records like Okonjo-Iweala at its helm of affairs.
The Nigerian tycoon endorsed the former minister for the envied position on his verified Twitter page on Tuesday, September 1.
Similarly, a former prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Gordon Brown, has lent his support to Okonjo-Iweala, arguing that she is just the right person for the job.
Brown argued that the former Nigerian finance and foreign minister has produced positive results even in the toughest of jobs across the world and is, therefore, fit for the much-contested position.
Also, the minority leader of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, has lent his support for Okonjo-Iweala's candidacy.
In his submission during plenary in the green chambers recently, Elumele stated that Okonjo-Iweala is very qualified for the position.
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