President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the President of African Development Bank (AfDB)) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina that he would reelected as the boss of the back.
The President’s assurance is coming on heel of campaign by some stakeholder country’s of the bank to frustrate Adesina’s comeback.
Buhari spoke at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, while hosting Adesina on a courtesy visit.
“In 2015, when you were to be elected for the first term, I wrote to all African leaders, recommending you for the position. I didn’t say because you were a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Minister, and I belonged to the All Progressives Congress (APC), so I would withhold my support. I’ll remain consistent with you, because no one has faulted the step I took on behalf of Nigeria,” said Buhari.
The President pledged that Nigeria would work with all other leaders and stakeholders in AfDB to ensure that Adesina was elected for a second term built on the record of his achievements during his first term.
Earlier, Adesina briefed Buhari on the activities of the bank, adding that he has responded to the allegations made against him, saying they were all cooked up.
“My defence ran into 250 pages, and not a single line was faulted or questioned. The law says that report of the Ethics Committee should be transmitted to the Chairman of Governors of the bank. It was done, and the governors upheld the recommendations. That was the end of the matter, according to the rules. It was only if I was culpable that a fresh investigation could be launched. I was exonerated, and any other investigation would amount to bending the rules of the bank, to arrive at a predetermined conclusion,” Adesina said.
Thanking the president for standing by him, Adesina told the president, “You helped me to get elected in the first place, and you have supported me robustly all along, and the African Union unanimously endorsed my re-election.”