Two Nigerian-Americans have reportedly won their respective positions in the ongoing United States general elections. No fewer than nine Nigerian-Americans vied for different positions in the election. Two has been declared winner.
Ms Esther Agbaje, has been elected into the Minnesota House of Representatives in Tuesday’s United States general elections.
Agbaje won by a landslide, scoring a total of 17,396 votes, which represents 74.7% of the total ballots cast.
er closest rival, Alan Shilepsky, a nominee for the Republican Party, scored 4,126 votes, which represents 17.7% of the total votes cast.
She will represent District 59B in the 134-member House on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer-Labour Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party.
Elections to the lower chamber of the state legislature are held every two years, and there are no term limits for the lawmakers.
Abaje was born in St. Paul, the state capital of Minnesota, to Nigerian immigrant parents.
Her father, Rev. John, an Episcopal priest, met her mother, Bunmi, a librarian, at the University of Minnesota where they were studying.
She graduated from George Washington University, Washington D.C., with a degree in Political Science.
At the federal level, Oye Owolewa, whose father is from Kwara and mother from Oyo, is aiming for a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) seat in the House of Representatives. The 31-year-old politician Wednesday won the election.. He has been elected as a shadow United States Representative out of the District of Columbia.
This was disclosed by ABC 7 News via its Twitter handle early on Wednesday morning. The 30-year-old is the first Nigerian congressman in the country’s history.
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