Eight Nigerian-Americans Emerge Victorious In US Midterm Elections
The US-based Nigerian politicians took some significant seats.
Eight Nigerian-Americans made history after emerging victorious in the United States midterm elections held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa made the news public in her Twitter handle on Wednesday, November 9, as congratulatory messages trooped in from Nigerians across the globe.
Eight of the Nigerians are Esther Agbaje, Segun Adeyina, Tish Naghise, Carol Kazeem, Solomon Adesanya, Oye Owolewa, Phil Olaleye, and Gabe Okoye.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa posted a picture showing all eight politicians and said:
“These Nigerian Americans won their elections in Georgia last night. A hearty congrats to them all.”
In a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the winners. Part of the statement said:
“President Muhammadu Buhari extends warmest congratulations to eight Nigerian-Americans on their victory in the U.S. midterm elections. In Georgia State, Segun Adeyina, Gabe Okoye, Solomon Adesanya, Tish Naghise, and Phil Olaleye won their legislative seats as State Representatives in their Districts. Similarly, Carol Kazeem won the Pennsylvania State Representative in District 159, Esther Agbaje was re-elected as Minnesota State Representative in District 59B, while Dr. Oye Owolewa was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (Shadow Representative) in Washington D.C.’’
President Buhari also wished the politicians “a successful tenure in office.’’
“In prayerful wishes for a successful tenure in office, President Buhari thanks them for their invaluable support and partnerships, over the years, with groups affiliated with the ideals and objectives of Nigerians in Diaspora associations in the United States. Restating his unflinching support for every Nigerian excelling at home and abroad, President Buhari believes that compatriots who succeed in good causes are assets to the nation and the continent, noting that their contributions will always be remembered and celebrated.”
Nigeria commands one of the highest diaspora populations in America and has continued to thrive in the socio-political and economic sectors of the country.