R-L: President Muhammadu Buhari and Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

By Emmanuel Oloniruha

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for backing Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first female and African Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Mr Uche Secondus, PDP’s National Chairman, gave the commendation in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Mr Ike Abonyi, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Secondus welcomed what he described as historic emergence of Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, as the first female and African D-G  of the WTO.

He commended Buhari for putting aside political sentiment in backing both Okonjo-Iweala and Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the exalted international jobs.

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Okonjo-Iweala’s victory coming shortly after the re-election of Adesina as the AfDB President, gladdened particularly the PDP who he said brought Nigeria’s best heads into government.

The PDP national chairman said that the victory of  Okonjo-Iweala in the highly contested global position mirrors the greatness of tomorrow’s Nigeria.

“Okonjo-Iweala’s victory is a reward for hard work and commitment to excellence as she demonstrated in all positions she held nationally and internationally.

“This savouring news coming at this time that the nation is witnessing her worse is relieving and hope to rise that a greater tomorrow awaits this land.”

Secondus also commended the international community particularly the ECOWAS  and the African Union, AU, for showing brotherhood when it was highly needed.

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He prayed to God to grant her all she would need, including wisdom, the intellect and discerning mind to lead the World trade.