Former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, has reacted to claims made by former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that he advised her not to serve under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The former Finance minister made the claim in her latest book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines’.
According to her, the former governor and presidential hopeful, asked her to turn down any request of appointment from Jonathan in 2011. Okonjo-Iweala said this was to deny Jonathan’s government credibility so that it would be “weak and not succeed”.
Reacting via his twitter handle, Duke wrote;
''It is true I met with Ngozi when the rumors were swirling about her being considered for appointment. As “friends”, she having been literally dismissed from an earlier appointment as f1nance minister, I urged caution. I made no mention of adding or subtracting credibility to anyone or government. It was “two friends” discussing careers. It ended there and she subsequently made her choice which I respected. However, I think it is in poor taste and demeaning of her to report a private conversation in whatever self laundering attempt she may be up to. With hindsight, I was vindicated, Ngozi, as Minister of Finance and Economy, despite massive revenue receipts, left Nigeria poorer than she met it''.