Newly elected president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, has revealed how he emerged winner in the keenly contested election.
In his remarks at the closing ceremony of the 50th Annual Meeting of the bank during which he was elected president, the former Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria said the journey to the new height for him started with his nomination by the immediate past president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to whom he he paid glowing tribute at the event held Friday in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire.
He was, however, quick to also add that his chances were brightened even more with the expressive support he received from the current President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Adesina head flown from the inauguration ceremony of Buhari held in Abuja in time to meet the closing ceremony of the meeting in Abidjan after flying out of the Ivorian capital the previous night after his election.
In an emphatic tone, Adesina said, “I must give tremendous gratitude to the outgoing president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, who thought it wise to nominate me for the position. I must also give immense credit to the current president, Muhammadu Buhari, who supported me.”
Meanwhile, Adesina has pledged to abide by the 10-point strategy outlined by the governors of the bank, while also asking for the continued support of the outgoing president of the bank, Donald Kaberuka.
Adesina emerged eighth president of AfDB after scooping 58% of the total votes cast in the election.