The board of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has said it has not made any decision on the fate of Akinwunmi Adesina, the bank’s President.
Niale Kaba, Chairperson of the AfDB board of governors, made the clarification in a statement, according to TheCable.
Reports were rife on Wednesday that the bank had acceded to the request of the United States of America, which demanded that an independent probe be instituted against Adesina, a former minister of agriculture in Nigeria.
But Kaba stated that the AfDB board is still deliberating on the request of the US, stating that the reports in circulation indicating a final decision on the case are false.
The AFDB Chairperson also urged the public to allow the bank’s board to concentrate on investigating the matter.
The statement read: “On Tuesday, May 26, the office of the board of governors of the African Development Bank Group held a meeting to examine the matter arising from a complaint from the board of directors of the bank, and about that which I received from some shareholders expressing different points of view,” she said in the statement.
“The office which I chair wishes to reassure the public that it has taken up the matter and is treating it with the greatest rigour and with all the seriousness that it deserves.
“However, the office informs the public that no decision has been made as falsely conveyed in some publications,” Haa
“Everyone must allow the Office to do its work and let the process of examining this case to take its course. The opinion of all the governors will be sought for its successful outcome.”
Adesina is the sole candidate for the AfDB presidential election, scheduled to hold in August.