Various parties in Nigeria had requested that Dr. Adesina Akinwumi, the president of the African Development Bank (AFDB), an agricultural economist and former minister of agriculture, join the already crowded contest.
However, the two-time president of the African Development Bank (AFDB) declined these requests, telling Shauntv reporters while in Nairobi that his current top priority is service to Africa.
“I always consider my life useful solely to the extent that it is used to benefit others. Other than that, it serves no other use. In any context I find myself, serving is my primary objective. I am devoted to Africa. “I am enjoying my work,” he stated.
Dr. Adesina had to release a formal press statement through AFDB channels last month thanking “coalition organisations of young, women, farmers, physically challenged, and well-intentioned Nigerians” for approaching him to run for the top position.
According to reports, a coalition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gathered over N100 million to purchase nomination forms for the incumbent AfDB president.
Everything beneath the sun has its appointed time. I am humbled by all I hear. But I have a job to accomplish, so I will concentrate on that for the time being.”
Dr. Adesina is now serving his second term as AfDB president. He was re-elected to the role at the bank’s 55th Annual Meetings on August 27, 2020.
The most populous country in Africa, with 180 million inhabitants, will hold presidential elections on February 25, 2023, with seasoned leaders including Goodluck Jonathan running.