Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, the newly elected President of the Africa Development Bank, on Monday June 1, disclosed the pivotal role played by President Muhammadu Buhari in his emergence as the bank’s new helmsman.
Adesina said Buhari made vital phone calls to global leaders in respect of the position, saying the outcome of the election would have been different if not for the President’s intervention.
The immediate past Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development spoke when he visited Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the Ogun State Governor’s office in Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta.
He also revealed that other former Nigerian leaders including Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Abdul Salaam Abubakar, among others, stood behind him.
Adesina said the dreams and vision of African countries are one and pledged to use his office as President of the AfDB to fight poverty, develop infrastructure and also revive rural economies.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his election and his inauguration. I also want to thank him tremendously for the support he gave me during the race for the AfDB presidency.
“Without that support and the calls he personally made to critical global leaders in the last days of the election, I don’t think we might have seen the result we saw today.”
“I want to really thank the President tremendously for his support and for his commitment and for helping to make sure we got that victory.”
“Obviously I couldn’t have also been here without former President Goodluck Jonathan who nominated me as minister. I feel tremendously humbled with that nomination and he supported me tremendously by putting a lot of weight behind me.”
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