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, on Saturday, by the Atiku Media Office in Abuja said that 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 President-elect 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,” the statement concluded.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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