Akinwumi Adesina has been elected for a second term as president of the African Development Bank president, AfDB.
Adesina, who returned unopposed, formally requested for a second term as AfDB president, saying he was “doing it with an acute sense of duty and commitment. I do it to serve Africa and our bank, in an unbiased way, to the best of the abilities that God has given me.”
Despite Adesina’s win, his road to victory was a bit rough as he had to battle corruption allegations leveled against him by “whistle-blowers” within the organisation.
He was cleared of the unsubstantiated corruption charges by an independent panel of experts, headed by former Irish president Mary Robinson.
Akinwumi Adesina, 60, became the first Nigerian to head the AfDB in 2015. But a 15-page report earlier this year claimed that under his watch the bank had been tarred by poor governance, impunity, personal enrichment and favouritism.
The panel of three experts, led by Robinson alongside Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and the World Bank’s integrity vice president Leonard McCarthy, cleared Adesina of all charges alleged by whistleblowers.
“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” the report concluded.