The Oasis Reporters
August 29, 2020
Despite the gang-up of certain powerful individuals to frustrate the reelection of Professor Akinwunmi Adesina as AfDB president, Africans were not fooled and would therefore not agree to axe the high performing former Agriculture minister under ex president Goodluck Jonathan.
Adesina has been reelected and the avalanche of congratulatory messages has been pouring in from all and sundry.
Besides Goodluck Jonathan, President Muhammadu Buhari, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and many other global figures have been saluting him.
I congratulate @akin_adesina on his re-election as the President of @AfDB_Group.I'm proud of him because he is a man of vision & capacity. I urge him to deploy his skills to ensure that the positive impact of the Bank’s devt initiatives is felt across the continent.— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) August 27, 2020
– GEJ pic.twitter.com/45I2p2ybPs
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has also congratulated the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, on his re-election to lead the bank for another five-year term.
The governor, in a statement, said Adesina’s clinching of another term in office was well-deserved, given his performance and immense contribution to repositioning the bank to meet the core and most pressing needs of the African continent in the last five years.
“Congratulations to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina on his re-election to lead the AfDB for another term of five years. He continues to be a trailblazer, who has over time proven to be one of the best ambassadors of the Nigerian brand. A brilliant development economist and scholar, Dr. Adesina’s re-election is a victory for Nigeria,” Obaseki said.
The governor charged Adesina to continue in his brilliant execution of the task to position Africa as the new frontier for economic growth and development, trusting that the policies, reforms and programmes being pursued by the AfDB would benefit the greater population of Africans who are still grappling with the realities of underdevelopment.
“We trust that Adesina, who has started well and given a good account of his stewardship at the bank, will fire on and introduce more innovative programmes to drive growth and development for the downtrodden,” he added.