Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has debunked the reports which suggested that she plan to contest the presidential election in 2019.
A campaign poster surfaced on social media a few days ago, with former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, displayed as the presidential candidate under no specified political party, while Okonjo-Iweala was shown as his running mate.
The 62-year-old dismissed the reports by stating she was preoccupied with important international duties.
She made this known in a statement signed by her media consultant, Paul Nwabuikwu, on Tuesday.
The statement by Mr. Nwabuikwu read: “Our attention has been drawn to speculative media stories linking former Minister of Finance, Dr Okonjo-Iweala with the next presidential election scheduled to hold in 2019.
“In an effort to invest their efforts with phony credibility, those behind the project have even gone to the extent of designing a fake campaign poster embossed with her image.
“This is to clarify that Dr Okonjo-Iweala who is busy with important international duties has absolutely nothing to do with these speculations and activities.
“We urge the Nigerian media and public to ignore this mischievous exercise and its sponsors.”