The Nigerian ministry of foreign affairs has pronounced it will continue to engage stakeholders to make sure Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerges the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s candidate for the WTO top job, was chosen as the most preferred candidate on Wednesday.
But the United States opposed her candidature and this incited a set back for her aspiration.
In a statement signed by Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs, on Thursday, it was disclosed that Nigeria will continue to commune with stakeholders before the WTO’s November 9 general council meeting.
“The ministry of foreign affairs wishes to inform that the third and final round of the selection process of thc director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was concluded On Tuesday, 27th October, 2020 and the result was formally announced on Wednesday, 28th October, 2020,” the statement read.
“The candidate from Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has secured the support of majority of the member countries but is yet to be declared and returned the winner.
“This is because apart from winning the election, all 164 member states of WIO were expected to adopt the winner by consensus; in accordance with the rule of procedure ofthe WTO.
“It is important to highlight that Dr Okonjo-lweala has secured cross-regional backing with only the United States opposing the consensus.
“Nigeria will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure that the lofty aspiration of her candidate to lead the World Trade Organisation is realised.”
Giving her remark on the development, Okonjo-Iweala said a positive attitude will be maintained regardless of the hiccups.
“Happy for the success & continued progress of our @wto DG bid. Very humbled to be declared the candidate with the largest, broadest support among members & most likely to attract consensus,” she tweeted.
“We move on to the next step on November 9, despite hiccups. We’re keeping the positivity going!”