An indigene of Kwara State, Oye Owolewa made history in the US election as he became the first Nigerian American to be elected into the U.S. House of Representatives.
Owolewa was elected to represent Washington DC in the U.S. Congress under the Democratic party.
According to TheWhistler, the elected US congressman won the seat after scoring 164,026 votes (81.59%) to defeat his closest rival and Green Party’s Joyce Robinson-Paul who came second with 18,600 (9.25) votes.
Owolewa, full of excitement, took to his Instagram page to appreciated and thanked his friends, supporters, and Washington DC residents for voting for him.
He said, “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.”
Owolewa who holds a doctorate of pharmacy degree was born and raised in Nigeria. He had won the Democratic primary election to contest for the U.S. House of Representatives Washington DC seat on June 2, 2020, scoring 95.8% of the total votes.
Checks on his campaign website showed that Omolewa had after completing his degree involved himself in community development activities in Washington DC, volunteering in public schools and engaging students through hands-on science experiments.
He was a commissioner in Southeast DC, where he served as the medium between the community and the local government.
Omolewa had promised that if elected, he would use his office to advance his fight for equality and help DC. attain statehood.
“Despite living in a U.S territory, DC residents still pay federal income tax. DC also depends on Congress to pass its laws and emergency bills, unlike other states. Oye is fighting to change that,” reads a statement on his campaign website.
In a related development, a Nigerian woman, Esther Agbaje, has won an election into the Minnesota House of Representatives under the Democratic party.
Agbaje, 35, won by a landslide, polling 17,396 votes (74.7%). Her closest rival, Alan Shilepsky of the Republican Party, polled 4,128 votes (17.7%)
She holds a degree in political science from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from Harvard University.
Agbaje will be representing District 59B in the 134-member House on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party.
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