From conflict to conquest: Akinwumi Adesina reelected as AfDB president

From conflict to conquest: Akinwumi Adesina reelected as AfDB president

Akinwumi Adesina has won the election for the prestigious position of President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) against all odds, charges, and conflicts, Daily Times gathered.

It is seen by numerous internationally as a significant success for Nigeria and supporters of the beset AFDB President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.

Daily Times had earlier revealed that the bank’s Ethics’ Committee, which initially examined the claims, gave him a perfect bill that was acknowledged by the Board of Governors, yet the United States dismissed the report and requested a new test by a free body.

The investigative panel set up to review the US-led dismissal of the ethics committee report also found him innocent, absolving him all allegations.

The panel said, “The Panel is mindful of the fact that the ‘absence of evidence is not evidence of absence’. At the same time, it appears to us to be an undue burden to expect a holder of high office in an international organization, to prove a negative, in the absence of sufficient grounds. An attorney writing on behalf of the President, also argues quite correctly in our view, that a distinction should be drawn between alleged institutional failure at the Bank and the conduct of the president.”

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Adesina, 60, a magnetic speaker known for his exquisite suits and neckties, turned into the primary Nigerian to rudder the AfDB in 2015 – however, a 15-page report not long ago guaranteed that under his supervision the bank had been tarred by poor governance, impunity, personal enrichment, and favouritism.

The board of three specialists, drove by Robinson alongside Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and the World Bank’s uprightness VP Leonard McCarthy, found Adesina not guilty claimed by informants.

“The Panel concurs with the Committee in its findings in respect of all the allegations against the President and finds that they were properly considered and dismissed by the Committee,” Monday’s report closed.

Robinson, who drove Ireland from 1990 to 1997 preceding filling in as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2002, excused the 16 informant charges against Adesina.

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