‘Blackmail won’t save you,’ Governor tells ex-minister

Oshiomhole also denied reports that he had embarked on a personal vendetta against Okonjo-Iweala.


Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has said that no amount of blackmail will exonerate former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of the allegations he has levelled against her.

The governor made the comments in a statement released on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

The statement reads in part:

“It is instructive at this point in time to state categorically without equivocation that there is nothing “personal” between Okonjo-Iweala and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in terms of the request by the Edo Governor that Okonjo-Iweala should come clean on the issue of revenue that accrued to the Excess Crude Account.”

“As much as her Spokesman tries to dramatize his response in defence of his boss, he has shown a manifest uninformed disposition to issues of simple economics of naira and kobo.”

“Here is a former Minister who has changed her position four times in the last forty days; each position exposing her dubiety of facts and inherent contradictions in the concocted tales she has been weaving on one simple issue: what happened to t5he $2.1b ECA funds?”

“How come the Minister unilaterally dipped her hand into the Excess Crude Account to spend money in defiance of the constitution and the laws of the land?”

Oshiomhole had earlier accused Okonjo-Iweala of spending government funds on former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid.

She however denied the claims and said that the governor was suffering from ‘numerical diarrhoea’.


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