I’m not interested in Nigeria’s 2023 presidency – Akinwumi Adesina



President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, on Tuesday turned down calls for him to run for Nigeria’s presidency.

A coalition had last week announced that it purchased presidential nomination and Expression of Interest forms in the name of the former Minister of agriculture from the All Progressives Congress.

However, the forms could not be returned as he was said to be unreachable.

In a statement he personally signed, Adesina said he remains committed to his current responsibilities and would not be able to run for president in Nigeria.

His words: “I have been extremely humbled by several calls from Nigerians at home and abroad that I should consider running for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
I am very touched by all who have gone to great extent, with such huge sacrifices, of their own
volition, to consider me worthy to be proposed for potential consideration. The coalition groups
of youth, women, farmers, physically challenged and well-meaning Nigerians that have done this
have expressed their genuine free will, political right, freedom of expression and association for
my consideration, with the interest of Nigeria at heart.
While I am deeply honored, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and
confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to be considered.
I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African
shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.
I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic
integration of Africa.
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
May God bless Africa.”


vanguard newspaper