Meet The 3 Nigerian-Americans That Won In The U.S Elections
Three Nigerian-Americans, Esther Agbaje, Oye Owolewa and Nnamdi Chukwuocha, have won their electoral bids in the United States election held on Tuesday.
Like we told you yesterday, Ms Agbaje, who contested to represent District 59B in the Minnesota House of Representatives on the platform of the Democratic Party, won with 17,396 votes.
The 35-year-old Harvard law graduate defeated Republican Alan Shilepsky and Green Party candidate Lisa Neal-Delgado to represent downtown and north Minneapolis in the state House.
She is one of the nine Nigerian-Americans on the ballot in Tuesday’s election.
Another Nigerian Democrat, Oye Owolewa, was elected as a shadow member of the House of Representatives from the District of Columbia.
He polled 164,026 votes to defeat incumbent Joyce Robinson-Paul, who scored 18,600 votes, and Sohaer Syed with 15,372 votes.
Mr Owolewa, who has roots in Kwara and Oyo states, holds a PhD in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston.
He became the first Nigerian-American to occupy the seat.
As the results trickled on Wednesday morning, Mr Owolewa shared the news of his victory on his social media.
“Good morning. Looks like we did it! I want to thank everyone, from family and close friends to DC residents.
“Because of your contributions and sacrifices, I stand before you as America’s first Nigerian-American congressman.
“In this role, I’m going to fight for DC statehood and bring our values to the lawmaking process. While today is the day for some celebration, the hard work also follows.
“Again, thanks so much for everything. I wouldn’t be here without yall,” he said.
Lastly, Nnamdi Chukwuocha won re-election as a member of Delaware House of Representatives from District 1.
As a Democrat without an opponent, he won 100 per cent of the votes with 7,640.
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