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“Nigeria Will Stand Strongly Behind You” – Buhari Assures AfDB President Adesina

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has assured President of the African Development Bank, that will fully support his reelection bid.

“Nigeria Will Stand Strongly Behind You” – Buhari Assures President Adesina

The President stated this while receiving the AfDB’s president at the Presidential villa on Tuesday.

The President in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina said, “In 2015, when you were to be elected for the first term, I wrote to all African leaders, recommending you for the position.

“I didn’t say because you were a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Minister, and I belonged to the All Progressives Congress (APC), so I would withhold my support. I’ll remain consistent with you, because no one has faulted the step I took on behalf of Nigeria.”

The President pledged that Nigeria would work with all other leaders and stakeholders in AfDB to ensure that Dr Adesina was elected for a second term built on the record of his achievements during his first term.

“Nigeria Will Stand Strongly Behind You” – Buhari Assures AfDB President Adesina

Although Adesina has been endorsed by the African Union, some forces within the bank are reported to be against his re-emergence.

Giving a background to what was happening in the bank, Dr Adesina, a former Nigerian Minister for Agriculture, said the 16 allegations raised against him were trumped up, “and without facts, evidence, and documents, as required by the rules and regulations of the bank.”

He added that the Ethics Committee of the bank cleared him of all the allegations, and calls for fresh investigation by the United States of America, were against the rules.

He said, “My defense ran into 250 pages, and not a single line was faulted or questioned. The law says that report of the Ethics Committee should be transmitted to the Chairman of Governors of the bank.

It was done, and the governors upheld the recommendations. That was the end of the matter, according to the rules. It was only if I was culpable that a fresh investigation could be launched. I was exonerated, and any other investigation would amount to bending the rules of the bank, to arrive at a predetermined conclusion.”

He said that the motive was to soil his name, and that of the bank, adding that he was proud to be Nigerian, and thanked President Buhari for his unflinching support.

You helped me to get elected in the first place, and you have supported me robustly all along, and the African Union unanimously endorsed my re-election” he declared.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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