He is the first Gabonese to win the award since its inception. He got 143 votes while Toure and Ayew had 136 and 112 respectively.
The forward has been a key part of Borussia Dortmund’s season scoring 24 goals in all since August 2015.
He set a Bundesliga record by scoring in the first six matches of a season; a feat which had never been done in the 53-year history of the German top flight.
Despite missing out on the main award, both Andre Ayew and Yay Toure were named in CAF’s Best Eleven for 2015. It also featured Robert Kidiaba of TP Mazembe and Sadio Mane of Senegal and Southampton.
Gaelle Enganamouit of Cameroon won the Women’s Player of the Year award ahead of Gabrielle Onguéné, Ngozi Ebere, N’rehy Tia Ines, and Ghana’s Portia Boakye.
The Best Player in Africa award went to Tanzanian forward Mbwana Samatta of TP Mazembe while the Club of The Year went to TP Mazembe for winning the CAF Champions League for a fifth time.
Herve Renard was given the Best Coach of the Year award for guiding Cote d’Ivoire to win their first AFCON title since 1992.
Ghana’s C.K. Gyamfi was given the African Legend Award for his achievements with the Black Stars as he won the African Nations Cup in 1963, 1965 and 1982.
He passed on in 2015 but his feats were recognized posthumously and his son Edwin was present to take the award for the family.
Full list of award winners
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang– CAF Player of The Year
Cameroon– Women’s national team of the year
Mbwana Samatta of TP Mazembe- Best Player in Africa award
Cote d’Ivoire– Men’s national team of the year
Allez Casa– Fair Play Award
TP Mazembe– Club of the Year
Etebo Oghenekaro – Most Promising Player
Victor Oshimen– Best Young Player
Herve Renard- Coach of the Year – The Frenchman, who led Zambia to victory in the tournament in 2012, is the first person to coach two different countries to the title.
Women’s Player of the Year: Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon)
Bakary papa Gassama (Gambia) – Referee of the year
C.K. Gyamfi of Ghana and Mbappe Lempe of Cameroon- African Legend