2023: I never endorsed Tinubu – AfDB President, Adesina

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Dr.Akinwumi-Adesina – AFDB-president-

The Senior Advisor on communications to the president of African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwunmi Adesina, Victor Oladokun, has described as “untrue, mischievous and fraudulent” the claims that Adesina has endorsed Bola Tinubu for president.

Victor Oladokun, while emphatically refuting the endorsement, said “For the avoidance of doubt, no such statement or endorsement has been made by the President of AfDB.”

A photograph, which has been circulating on social media, contained a statement endorsing Tinubu and attributed it to Adesina. But Oladokun insisted Adesina did not issue the statement.

Part of the debunked statement credited to Adesina read: “If Senator Bola Tinubu could make Lagos the 5th richest economy in Africa and the safest State in Nigeria then be sure that he will as Nigeria President.”

But Oladokun refuted the endorsement, insisting that Adesina did not issue the statement.

He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, no such statement or endorsement has been made by the President of AfDB.”

Though he former Governor of Lagos State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Monday, announced his interest in contesting for the country’s number one seat in 2023, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was in May 2021 reported as in support of a move to draft the current Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, into the 2023 presidential race, though the latter is yet to express an interest in the nation’s top job.