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Three Nigerian Americans Win Their Bids In The Ongoing 2020 US General Election

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There is no doubt Nigerians are making waves in America political circle as three Nigerian born contested and won in their respective constituencies in the ongoing 2020 US general election.

The Nigerian-Americans, Esther Agbaje, Oye Owolewa and Nnamdi Chukwuocha, have won their electoral bids in the United States election held on Tuesday.

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.

Born to Nigerian parents – an Episcopal priest and a librarian – Ms Agbaje became the first Nigerian-American to be elected to the Minnesota legislature.

With a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, she had a stint in the U.S. State Department, experience working with city government, and accolades at a prestigious law firm, her profile read.

In August, Ms Agbaje was one of four newcomers who defeated established Democratic legislators in the primary – two in the state House and two in the Senate.

She is interested in prison reform, fighting racial discrepancies, housing among others.

She took to Twitter to announce her victory on Wednesday.

“I’m honored to have earned the support and trust of my neighbors to serve as their representative for #MN #HD59B. From North #MPLS to North Loop, Elliot Park to Bryn Mawr, I will work hard everyday to represent this entire district with empathy, compassion and pride.#ThankYou”.

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.

In 2018, he was elected commissioner of his neighbourhood in SouthEast DC.

As an advocate for DC statehood, he launched TaxFreeDC as a movement to combat DC’s taxation without representation.

According to his website, TaxFreeDC declares that until DC statehood is achieved, DC’s tax revenue shall no longer go to the federal government.

“Oye believes our money belongs here for DC priorities instead of going to a government that fails to recognise us,” it said.

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.

Mr Chukwuocha was elected to represent District 1 in the Delaware House of Representatives in 2018.

With a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in social work from Delaware State University, he has several years of experience in local politics in the state.

He once served on the Wilmington City Council as President Pro Tempore and Chair of the Education, Youth and Families Committee.

In 2019, he was a member of the Corrections Committee, the Education Committee, the Health & Human Development Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee as a US Army veteran and Vice-Chair of the Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure Committee

He is part of the spoken word duo “Twin Poets” which was appointed as the State of Delaware 17th Poets Laureate.

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We Are Aware Of Events regarding Iskilu Wakili And Police Handling The Matter – Governor Makinde

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Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has reacted to the arrest of Iskilu Wakili, the notorious herder and Kidnapper terrorizing Ibarapa Community.

The Governor while speaking said the government of Oyo state is aware of the events that took place in Kajola, Ibarapa North local government and the eventual arrest of the Oodua People’s Congress members who were actively involved in the matter by the Police.

According to the Governor, he said the state government is actively responding to the matter, taking steps necessary to promote the interest of Oyo citizens.

Makinde stressed that measures is been taking to ensure safety of the citizens of the state.

Mr Makinde implore members of the public to endeavor to call 615 toll free when security breaches is suspected.

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Edo Politics: Court Rules In Favor Of Ize Iyamu, Gani Audu

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The Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the recently concluded election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his Running mate, Gani Audu has won the appeal case against the sitting governor in the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City.

The three member Judges of the Appeal Court, Justices O.F. Omoleye, B.A. Georgewill and E.O. Oho in their ruling set aside the judgement of High Court in Benin which declared Alhaji Gani Audu not fit to contest the election based on certificate forgery.

While reading the Judgement, he said after thorough examination, the Panel could not confirmed a forgery case against Audu.

The Judges also ruled that the matter is statute barred as the appeal was filed outside the fourteen days threshold as stipulated by the law.

The Panel therefore declared them fit to contest the election.

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Nigerians Are Disappointed With NASS For Confirming Sacked Service Chiefs As Ambassadors- Wike

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Governor Wike of Rivers State has expressed his disappointment over the confirmation of the immediate past Service Chiefs by the Senate for another National assignment as non Career Ambassadors.

Wike, while reacting to the appointment of the just sacked Service Chiefs through his social media page, said he was disappointed by the actions of the Senate who supported the call to sack them for incompetence still went ahead to confirm same set of persons for another National Job.

“You Senators sat and discuss that they should dismiss the Service Chiefs for not performing, now the same people who were not performing, you have confirmed them as Ambassadors. What kind of Country are we,” he said.

Wike said he was not saying this as an opposition to the party at the center but as a concern individual who felt what happened is unimaginable.

“I wonder why Senators who agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the Service Chiefs will still sit to confirm them for another appointment”

There were calls from different quarters for the sack of the immediate past Service Chiefs for their inability to restructure Nigeria security architecture and put an end to the activities of insurgency and banditry ravaging all parts of the Country.

Boko Haram insurgency in the North, unending banditry across the Country, hence the reasons for the Senate move to sack the service Chiefs who were later confirmed for another sensitive National assignment by same Senate.

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