Nigerian-Americans Win Big In US Midterm Elections
The US midterm election was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, with runoffs to be held at a later date for those races which are not yet decided by majority vote.
No fewer than eight politicians of Nigerian descent won their legislative seats on Tuesday night during the House of Representatives elections in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.
The Nigerian-Americans who won include Segun Adeyina, Gabe Okoye, Solomon Adesanya, Tish Naghise, Phil Olaleye, Carol Kazeem, Oye Owolewa, and Esther Agbaje.
In a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, Buhari congratulated and prayed for a successful tenure for the Nigerians.
The statement reads, “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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the Canadian Government has unveiled a plan to welcome 1,450,000 migrants including Nigerians between 2023 and 2025 to tackle the problem of labour shortage.