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AfDB: Buhari Sends Atiku To Zuma To Lobby For Adesina


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President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma (middle), flanked by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (left) and Minister of Agriculture and Nigeria’s candidate for Presidency of the African Development Bank (ADB), at the Presidential Residence in Durban, South Africa…yesterday

FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar over the weekend commenced lobby for the candidacy of Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

A statement issued by the Atiku Media Office in Abuja said Atiku Abubakar’s shuttle diplomacy to shore up much-needed support for the Nigerian candidate follows a mandate from President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari to the former Vice President to leverage on his contacts to lobby for the emergence of Adesina.

Buhari who backs the candidacy of Adesina had last month conveyed his support to the President of Ghana, John Mahama when the two leaders met in Abuja.

According to the statement, Atiku travelled with Adesina to South Africa over the weekend where the two met with President Zuma at the Presidential Residence in Durban.

“His Excellency former Vice President Atiku Abubakar met President Zuma in the company of Dr Akinwumi Adesina during which the directive of General Muhammadu Buhari was conveyed to Zuma.

The issue of South Africa and the Southern African region support for Nigeria’s candidate was exhaustively discussed and well appreciated.”

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  • sir Oscie

    Great move by our President Elect GMB.

    He knows that its only the Great Turaki Adamawa that can deliver the Presidency of the AFDB to Nigeria through his age long friendship with President Zuma and many other African leaders.

    I just hope Adesina remains a Minister on his return considering the era of Sack that we are in now.


  • Zirem

    to go, even though Dr AKinwumi Adesina was used by the PDP during the
    campaign against GMB, they didn’t fail to see what a bright and hard
    working man he is. I like the vibe am getting from our new govt-
    country’s interest first, that’s good leadership. Kudos to GMB, kudos to Turankin Adamawa Atiku Abubakar, Kudos to our great party APC

  • Asuquo Bassey

    I thank and appreciate Gen. Buhari for asking Atiku to lobby President Zuma for Adesina. This is good. Well done. God bless Nigeria.