Akinwunmi emerges African Development Bank president

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Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Akinwumi Adesina has emerged president of the African Development Bank.

The pan-African lender made this disclosure via its Twitter account on Thursday. Adesina will now take over from outgoing bank president, Donald Kaberuka on September 1.

The election was part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

He defeated contenders like Sufian Ahmed, Jaloul Ayed, Kordjé Bedoumra, Cristina Duarte, Samura M. W. Kamara,Thomas Z. Sakala and Birama Boubacar Sidibé to become the 50-year-old body’s eighth leader.

Earlier, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari had requested the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support the candidacy of Adesina as the body’s president.

 Gen. Buhari had communicated his backing of Dr. Adesina’s candidacy to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, the chairman of ECOWAS, a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said.

According to him, Gen. Buhari said his support of Dr. Adesina’s candidacy was not just because he is a Nigerian.

”Dr. Adesina has a proven track record in a career that predates his position as Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.” Dr. Adesina is also an agricultural development expert with 24 years of experience in developing and managing successful agricultural Programmes across Africa.

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