Akinwumi Adesina re-elected as AfDB president for second term

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Akinwunmi Adesina, AfDB president

THE President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has been re-elected to serve for a second of five years.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the election took place electronically on Thursday during the closing ceremony of the virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank.

It was gathered that all the delegates unanimously voted for Dr Akinwumi Adesina, after he emerged as the sole candidate.

Adesina’s re-election of the 56-year-old bank was formalised during the AGM but details had not been officially disclosed.

Ahead of the elections, the AfDB boss had faced corruption allegations but was subsequently cleared by the banks ethics committee, bureau of board of directors and the Independent Review Panel also exonerated him.

The Bureau of Governors of the Bank constituted the Independent Review Panel following a complaint by the United States, to review the process by which two previous organs of the Bank – the Ethics Committee of the Board, and the Bureau of the Board of Governors had previously cleared Adesina.

A former President of the Republic of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson headed the three-member Independent Review Panel. 

Meanwhile, at the opening ceremony of the AGM on Wednesday, Adesina presented himself officially to Governors and other stakeholders for relection.

He election as sole candidate was affirmed when Akinwumi Adesina offered himself “with humility, with a strong sense of duty and commitment and a call to serve Africa and our Bank, selflessly.”

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