The nomination is coming on the heels of the announcement by the incumbent DG, Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, of his intention to step down on August 31, 2020, ahead of his expiration of his second term in the next one year.
THISDAY reports that Okonojo-Iweala’s nomination was contained in a document withdrawing the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position.
The election to select Azevêdo’s successor is expected to hold in Geneva, Switzerland next year.
THISDAY quotes a document nominating Okonjo-Iweala as follows:
“The embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and permanent mission to the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) presents compliments to all embassies and permanent missions in Addis Ababa and has the honour to inform that the Federal Government of Nigeria has withdrawn the candidacy of Ambassador Yonov Frederick Agah for election to the position of Director-General of the WTO.
“In this regard, the Mission also wishes to inform that his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the nomination of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to replace Ambassador Agah, as Nigeria’s candidacy for the position of the Director-General of the WTO, for the term 2021-2025 at the elections scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021.
“Nigeria is, therefore, pleased to request the support of esteemed AU member states as well as permanent missions and embassies in Addis Ababa in favour of the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala.”
Okonjo-Iweala is an international personality , former managing Director of World Bank, former minister of Foreign Affairs and Finance, among other international positions she held and still holding.