Akinwumi Adesina has been re-elected as the president of the African Development Bank during the bank’s virtual annual general meeting. In an electronic vote held on Thursday, Adesina won a second five-year term being the sole candidate in this year’s election.
On Wednesday while making a case for re-election Adesina noted that in the five years he has worked to accelerate Africa’s development. AfDB milestones during his tenure include; 18 million additional people now have access to electricity, 141 million people have received more advanced agricultural technology to improve food security, 15 million people have access to financing, 101 million now have access to improved transport, and 60 million people have gained access to water and sanitation.
However, Adesina’s last year at the helm has been marred with allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office claims. The Ethics Committee of AfDB and the Bureau board of governors cleared Adesina of any wrongdoing. On July 28, an independent probe concurred with the ethics board and cleared the President from all the allegations.