Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has emerged the President of African Development Bank to succeed the outgoing president Donald Kaberuka.
Adesina was elected on Thursday at the Annual General Meeting of the development bank in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivorie. The bank is at the forefront of powering development projects in Africa.
The Agric. Minister beat 7 other contenders to emerge president.
Both President Jonathan and President-elect Muhammadu Buhari had engaged in intense lobbying of African leaders to ensure Adesina gets the plum job.
Buhari, a few weeks ago, despatched former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to South Africa to lobby President Jacob Zuma to back Adesina’s candidature. Atiku and Zuma are buddies.
Adesina was believed to be the most qualified of the eight candidates that contested for the job.
As Minister of Agric, Adesina was credited with some of the reforms that changed the face of agriculture in Nigeria including the stoppage of fertilizer racketeering.