The new President of the African Development Bank and Nigeria's immediate past minister of agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari and the immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, played major roles in his election.
Adesina made the statement in Abeokuta today, June 1, when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, he said: “I want to appreciate the support of the president and the former President Goodluck Jonathan for their support during the AfDB election.
“Our leaders rallied round us in an unparalleled way, former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalam Abubakar and Yakubu Gowon, put a lot of their support behind me.
“I commend former Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for her role because it was an election we had to convince 74 ministers of finance from across the world.
“The election went into six round of voting and Nigeria led every single round of that vote; I want to confirm that the election was truly Nigerians’ collective effort.
“We will work very hard to develop programmes that will end poverty in our country, create opportunities for prosperity all across our countries.’’
On his plans for AFDB, Adesina said he would ensure that rural economy was revived as well as encourage regional integration.
Amosun had earlier expressed appreciation to Buhari, Jonathan and the international community for their support towards Adesina during the keenly contested election.
The governor said his success is for Nigeria as a country, not a personal one. He also opined that Adesina has joined the role call of notable Ogun citizens, who have achieved major feats in all spheres of life.
He further expressed confidence that Adesina's experience as an accomplished agricultural economist will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new position.
Adesina won the race to emerge the president of the AfDB on Monday.