EYEAFRICA TV: Abuja, NIGERIA:- Nigerian-born Ambassador Bankole Adeoye has been elected as the head of AU’s Political, Peace and Security Affairs, following Nigeria’s effort to twist the arm of ECOWAS to get their candidate endorsed.
Until now, Ambassador Adeoye was the Director of Corporate Services at the African Union Development Agency (NEPAD).
Five regional candidates including Gambia’s Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang who was vying for Deputy AUC chair, withdrew their bids to allow Nigeria to run as a sole regional candidate.
The move once again proved Nigeria’s position as a key player in the West African region.
Jallow Tambajang, who was initially endorsed by The Gambia and ECOWAS explained in a Facebook post why she withdrew her bid.
“On February 2nd, ECOWAS Heads of States had an extraordinary summit via videoconference and decided to have Ghana and The Gambia step down their Candidates for Deputy Chairperson of the AU. This means that I am no longer in the running for deputy chairperson of the AUC. Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Gambia all also withdrew their commissioner candidates as well, in order to allow Nigeria to run as a sole regional candidate as commissioner of peace,” she revealed.
She thanked all those who supported her campaign, vowing to supporting the reform and growth of the AU.
Meanwhile, Rwanda’s Monique Nsanzabaganwa has been elected as Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
Moussa Faki Mahamat was also re-election as Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa handed over the annual chairmanship of the union to President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi.
The 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union ended today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This year’s summit is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic that crippled the world.
African leaders discussed the continent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, and security issues.