Former Nigerian Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Thursday expressed optimism about World Trade Organisation, WTO, Director-General bid despite the opposition by the United States posing threat to her emergence.
Okonjo-Iweala expressed this through her Twitter page.
She revealed that she felt humbled to have been declared the candidate with the largest votes amongst the 164 member states of the 25-year-old global trade organisation.
She wrote: “Happy for the success and continued progress of our @wto DG bid. Very humbled to be declared the candidate with the largest, broadest support among members and most likely to attract consensus.
“We move on to the next step on Nov 9, despite hiccups. We’re keeping the positivity going!”
Some Nigerians have since likened the US opposition to that encountered by African Development Bank head, Akinwumi Adesina, who also faced intense hostility from Washington before his re-election.
On Wednesday, WTO spokesperson, Keith Rockwell had summed up the announcement by GC Chair Walker after the meeting: “The candidate that had the best chance of attaining a consensus of the membership is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way fwd will start immediately."