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Elon Musk’s planned takeover threatens Okonjo-Iweala, 10 others’ positions on Twitter board



The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been caught in the faceoff between Twitter board and world’s richest man, Elon Musk.

Okonjo-Iweala was appointed into the Twitter board in July 2018, but her time at the microblogging platform might soon come to an end if Musk succeeded with his takeover plan.

The South Africa-born billionaires’ takeover of Twitter would strip Nigeria’s former finance minister of her position on the board.

The WTO chief is one of 11 board members and earns $9,583 for offering her expertise in the operations of the social media company, according to a document seen by Ripples Nigeria.

Musk plans to buy out the Twitter shareholders in a deal worth over $40 billion and has given the board an ultimatum to either take his offer or he would pull out his investment in the firm.

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If the deal is accepted, Okonjo-Iweala and the remaining 10 board members would be out of job at Twitter with Musk expected to pick his preferred directors.

The board members earn between $400,000 and $460,000 per annum for their part-time work at Twitter.

Musk had a tweet on Monday promised to stop the board payment, saying the move would save the company $3 million a year.

“Board salary will be $0 if my bid succeeds, so that’s $3M/year saved right there,” he stated.

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