Buhari, Jonathan, Sanwo-Olu Hail Adesina on Re-election as AfDB President

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 28 – Prominent political leaders in Nigeria have congratulated Dr Akinwunmi Adesina on his re-election as the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for a second five-year term despite facing a probe over allegations on which he was eventually exonerated.

The election took place electronically on Thursday at the virtual annual general meeting of the bank. Adesina’s reappointment on Thursday at the helm of the 56-year-old bank is considered a formality as he is the sole candidate, Lespanafricaines reports.

The head of the African bank had appealed on Wednesday for a second term in office after a months-long storm over alleged corruption and poor governance that ended after he was cleared in an independent probe.

Nigerian politicians who sent congratulatory messages include President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

In a statement released on Thursday, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said,

“The President extends appreciation to the African Union for its endorsement of the AfDB President much earlier, and to shareholders of the bank who worked tirelessly to ensure the return of the visionary leader.

“President Buhari believes Dr Adesina’s versatility, experience at both national and international engagements, will be further deployed to energize the pan-African financial institution, urging him to remain focused and steadfast in pursuing the noble goals of making life better for Africans through various development plans, already captured as High 5s.

“The President rejoices with family, friends and professional colleagues of Dr Adesina over the re-election, while commending members of staff and Board of Governors of the AfDB for their consistent support for the former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and his management team.

“While pledging full support of his government to ensure a successful tenure for the AfDB leadership, President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen Dr Adesina and his team for greater good to the continent.”

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who appointed Adesina as Minister of Agriculture during his tenure, said he is proud of Adesina because he has remained consistent as a man of vision and considerable capacity; traits he generously put to use while serving as a key member of his administration’s economic team and minister of agriculture.

“His first term as President of AfDB brought about exemplary leadership, significant achievements and broken records, especially with the bank’s recent unprecedented capital increase by 125% to $208 billion.

“With his re-election and focus on infrastructural development, youth empowerment and regional integration, I believe that AfDB will continue to strongly reflect the voice, vision and aspirations of the founding fathers of the Bank.

“I urge him to deploy his astute managerial skill to ensure that the positive impact of the Bank’s development initiatives is felt across the continent,” Jonathan said in a statement.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said Adesina’s re-election is a testimony to his hard work, dedication and commitment to the growth and development of the Africa continent.

Sanwo-Olu, who described Adesina as a good ambassador of Nigeria and Africa, said the AfDB President deserved to be re-elected having
distinguished himself during his first term in office as the head of the international organisation.

“Having proved yourself as a good administrator and technocrat in different public offices at national and international levels in the last 30 years, I am confident that your re-election will bring more development to the Africa continent as you supervise the affairs of Africa Development Bank for another five years,” the governor remarked.

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