- Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina has been reelected for another 5-year term as the president of AfDB
- Adesina, Nigeria's former Agriculture minister was first elected the president of AfDB in 2015
- The incumbent AfDB president was re-elected after successfully fighting back allegations of corruption
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African Development Bank (AfDB) has re-elected Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina for a second 5-year term as the president of the bank.
The sole candidate for the multilateral lender was re-elected by the bank's Board of Governors at the ongoing AfDB virtual 55th annual meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday, August 27.
This was confirmed by Lauretta Onochie, the president's personal assistant on social media, via a tweet on her official Twitter page.
The presidential aide shared a video of Adesina with President Muhammadu Buhari while congratulating Adesina.
“Our very own Akinwumi Akin Adesina has been reaffirmed as the President of the African Development Bank.
“Thank you to our supportive President @MBuhari who mobilized support for our own Adesina and why not! Adesina has been proven to be above boards,” she tweeted.
Adesina who was first elected as the 8th AfDB president back in 2015, is the first Nigerian to serve as head of the bank group.
The head of the African bank had on Wednesday, August 26, appealed for another term in office as president.
He said: “At this Annual Meetings, I offer myself to you, our Governors, for your consideration for election for a second term, as president.
I do so, with humility. I do so with a strong sense of duty and commitment and a call to serve Africa and our Bank, selflessly, to the very best of my God-given abilities.”
Adesina's reelection is coming after he was exonerated in an independent probe of all allegations of corruption levelled against him
He was cleared of any wrongdoing by the special committee set up by governors of the AfDB. The independent panel of three was headed by Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari said Nigeria was solidly behind Dr. Adesina in his bid to get re-elected as president of the AfDB.
The president gave the assurance at the presidential villa on Tuesday, June 2, while hosting Adesina on a courtesy visit.
The president pledged that Nigeria would work with all other leaders and stakeholders in AfDB to ensure that Dr. Adesina was elected.
The African Union had already endorsed the incumbent AfDB President as the sole candidate for the continent.
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