Sambo lobbies Algeria for Adesina’s AfDB presidency bid

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Nigeria’s Vice-President Namadi Sambo has urged Algeria to support the candidacy of Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina as the next president of the African Development Bank.

Sambo met with the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday, and both leaders discussed bilateral issues relating to the development and co-operation of their two countries in various fields.

The vice president used the occasion to solicit the support of Algeria towards the candidature of Adesina for the Presidency of the African Development Bank, AfDB, a statement from Sambo’s office said.

The vice-president, who arrived Algiers on Saturday, was received by the Foreign Affairs Minister of Algeria, Ramtare Lamamra, at the Houari Bounediene International Airport Algiers, the statement said.

Sambo, who was in Algiers as a special envoy of President Goodluck Jonathan, presented a letter from President Jonathan to Algeria’s President Abdelazeez Bouteflika.

The meeting, according to the statement, had in attendance the Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria, Aminu Wali, Adesina, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Algeria, Haruna Ginsau.

Also, the Algerian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Agriculture and Rural Development, Ramtare Lamama and Abdelouahab Nouri, respectively, were part of the exchange of views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest to both countries.

“Highlights of the event was a presentation by Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina in flawless and impeccable French outlining his plans for the bank if elected as its President,’’ the statement said.

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