Donald Duke hits back at Okonjo-Iweala for alleging he advised her not to serve in Jonathan’s administration

Donald Duke hits back at Okonjo-Iweala for alleging he advised her not to serve in Jonathan's administration
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Donald Duke hits back at Okonjo-Iweala for alleging he advised her not to serve in Jonathan

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''.

Donald Duke hits back at Okonjo-Iweala for alleging he advised her not to serve in Jonathan
Donald Duke hits back at Okonjo-Iweala for alleging he advised her not to serve in Jonathan
by Linda Ikeji at 25/04/2018 11:50 AM

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