- The race for the 2023 presidential elections has once again reached a fever pitch with the emergence of new aspirants
- AfDB president, Dr. Akiwumi Adesina might be issuing an official presidential declaration soon under the umbrella of the APC
- However, speculations have it that President Muhammadu Buhari might be anointing his candidate soon one most people have referred to be the dark horse in the presidential race
Ahead of the 2023 presidential polls, the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akiwumi Adesina under the umbrella of the APC may have joined the likes of Yemi Osinbajo, and Bola Tinubu in the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the PUNCH newspaper, a coalition of 28 groups led by Mohammed Saleh of the One Nigeria Group obtained the N100million APC presidential nomination and expression forms for the former minister of agriculture.
As gathered by Legit.ng the coalition groups which comprise of Youth Arise Movement, Nigerians in Diaspora One Nigeria Group, Prudent Youth Association of Nigeria, women groups, farmers, people with disabilities and other civil society groups raised the money for the forms.
However, Adesina who is in his second term as s AfDB President until 2025 is yet to issue a formal declaration or hold a ceremony to that effect.
Akinwumi meets president Buhari
It was gathered that the Adesina was on a mission to issue details on the impact of the Russian-Ukraine crisis on Africa's food security.
“I am here Mr President to brief you on the impacts of the Russian-Ukraine war and its implications for food security in Africa, and Nigeria; and to intimate you with decisive actions being taken by the African Development Bank to avert what is a looming food crisis.”
In his statement, Akinwunmi added that there have been a rapid increment in the price of wheat in the Africa which amounts to 40 percent increase.
He revealed that further revealed that prices of fertilizers had soared higher with a serious fertilizer shortage in the continent.
“Price of wheat has soared in Africa by over 45% since the war. Prices of fertilizers have gone up by 300%, and the continent faces a fertilizer shortage of 2 million metric tons. If unmet rapidly, food production in Africa will decline by 20%, and the continent would lose over $11 billion in value of food production.”
However it is not clear if both parties had conversations about the 2023 presidential elections as there have been speculations that there is a dark horse in the race for the presidency and that he or she might be President Buhari's anointed candidate.