12 June-2014: Members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) have rejected the nomination of Nigeria’s oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke as their new secretary-general insisting on keeping incumbent Abdullah al-Badri.
Earlier this week, President Goodluck Jonathan nominated Ms Alison-Madueke for the position to replace the long-serving Libyan Abdullah al-Badri. A vote on the matter was due in December but this is now unlikely happen as Ms Alison-Madueke was rejected by the group’s membership.
At their meeting in Vienna yesterday, Opec’s 12 members decided to extend Mr al-Badri’s tenure, dashing Ms Alison-Madueke’s ambitions. It is likely that they rejected her because of the ongoing allegations surrounding the minister and the fact that she is under investigation by the Nigerian House of Representatives.
Before yesterday, the proposal to have Ms Alison-Madueke serve as Opec’s secretary-general was to solve the deadlock over the post created by opposing candidates from Saudi Arabia and Iran. If her candidacy had succeeded, Ms Alison-Madueke would have been the oil exporter group’s first female secretary-general.
At the moment, Nigeria’s House of Representatives is probing Ms Alison-Madueke over allegations that she spent a total of N10bn (£37m) on travel over the last two years. In March, the House passed a resolution demanding a probe of the minister after it emerged that she spent N130m (£479,000) a month on a private jet for personal use.
She has made repeated attempts to foil the probe by the House and has refused to appear before it to answer questions. Last month, she got an order of interim injunction restraining the House, its members, committees or agents from summoning or directing her to appear before the probe panel.
(Input source: NW)