- Former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been criticised by ex-governor of Cross Rivers state, Donald Duke
- Okonjo-Iweala said in her book that Duke advised her against accepting to serve in ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's cabinet
- Duke said it was in poor taste and demeaning of her to report their private conversation
Former governor of Cross Rivers state, Donald Duke, has hit back at ex-minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala over some claims she made in her latest book.
NAIJ.com notes that in her book entitled Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines, Okonjo-Iweala claimed that Duke asked her not to serve in President Goodluck Jonathan's government in 2011, adding that Duke's intention was to deny Jonathan's government credibility so that it would be "weak and not succeed".
Duke tweeted: "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 finance 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."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that former Cross River state governor, Donald Duke, on Sunday night, January 14, in Abuja said that he would contest to become Nigeria's next president in the 2019 general elections.
Duke, who declared his interest at the 3rd Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture titled, “Millenials as Protagonists in Nation Building," promised to kick-start the process at the right circumstances.
He said: “I am entitled to run for the presidency of this country. I am entitled to it. Only on right circumstances I will aspire for it. I don’t shy away from responsibility, only the right circumstance, I will aspire for presidency of this country. I have what it takes to be president of this country."
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