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Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Islie: 1:28pm On Aug 01, 2020
A Nigerian, Mr Gabe Okoye, is on the ballot in a forthcoming Democratic Party’s senatorial primary runoff election in the U.S.

Okoye, who hails from Enugwu-Aguleri, in Anambra, is seeking the main opposition party’s ticket for the Nov. 3 general election into the Georgia State Senate to represent District 9.

Okoye, who is a chieftain of the party in the state, faces a black female challenger, Nikki Merritt, in the second round scheduled for Aug. 11.

They both advanced to the runoff stage after defeating a third aspirant, Cheryle Moses, in the first round of the primary held on June 9.

The winner will face the incumbent, Sen. Peter Martin, a Republican, who has been representing the district since 2015 and is seeking a fourth term.

Okoye is currently a Planning Commissioner in Gwinnett County, the second-most populous local government in Georgia, and is the first black man to serve as a commissioner in the county’s 202-year history.

The civil engineer and founder of Georgia-based construction firm, Essex Geoscience, also currently serves on the Executive Committee Board of the Gwinnett and state chapters of the Democratic Party.

Among other goals, Okoye is seeking to capture the District 9 seat from the Republican Party, which has held it for over 30 years, “with nothing to show for it”.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was also aspiring to give the black community in Gwinnet County, his base, a strong voice at the state level.

In these regards, the senatorial hopeful carved a niche for himself while serving as the Democratic Party chairman in the local government between 2016 and 2018.

As of the time he emerged the party chairman in 2016, Gwinnett was a Republican stronghold, with only five of the 25 elected officials in the county being Democrats.

However, the tide turned when Okoye led the party into the 2018 mid-term elections and recorded historic wins.

They captured 13 elected offices, including the majority of Gwinnett seats in the Georgia state legislature, from the Republicans, who currently hold only seven positions.

The Democratic Party swept the two county commission seats that were up for election and also took one of the two School Board seats contested for.

Also, the party reclaimed the office of the Solicitor General of the county after decades in the hands of the Republicans.

“Under my leadership of the party, we elected the first black commissioner, first black school board member, and also the first black Solicitor-General of the county in its 200-year history as of 2018.

“The Democratic Party also produced the first black state judge from this county under my watch,” Okoye told NAN.

In recognition of these historic achievements in Gwinnett, the Georgia House of Representatives in Resolution 313 of 2019, designated Nov. 6 of that year as Gabe Okoye Leadership Day.

The resolution partly read: “Gwinnett County is the most diverse and the second largest county in the State of Georgia, but this diversity was not reflected in the county’s leadership.

“Gabe Okoye exhibited great leadership in mobilising and educating the various 9communities of Gwinnett County on the fundamental right to vote.

“He worked hard to help make the leadership of the county more inclusive, and the result of his hard work was made manifest during the general election on Nov. 6, 2018.

“Therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives that the members of this body commend Gabe Okoye and recognise Nov. 6, 2019, as Gabe Okoye Leadership Day in Gwinnett County.”

Okoye moved to the U.S. in 1981, and has been residing in Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta and headquarters of Gwinnett County, since 1992.

On arrival in the U.S., he started life as a security guard, worked his way through college to become a licensed civil engineer, and later became an established Essex Geoscientist.

Married and blessed with four “grown and successful children’’, Okoye believes he has realised his American dream, and is fighting for others to realise theirs.

“Therefore, I will give a fearless, strong voice to the silent majority in our district and our county in general,’’ he said on his campaign website.

A former Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation – Americas (NIDOA), Okoye told NAN that another of his main objectives was to bring the Nigerian community into the mainstream of U.S. politics.

Okoye, who represented Nigerians in the Diaspora at the 2014 National Conference in Abuja, decried the absence of his fellow countrymen in the U.S. political and civic space, in spite of their enormous contributions to the country’s development.

“What we Nigerians do here is to attend our various ethnic meetings and then go home.

“Our people don’t mix with the main stream of this country, and I think it is wrong.

“I also think that we are not leading our children the right way. We should clear the way for them into the American politics.

“We don’t hear our names in the political lexicon of this area. I want to encourage our children to go into politics,’’ he told NAN.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/08/nigerian-born-politician-gabe-okoye-runs-for-us-senate/

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Stylekay: 1:44pm On Aug 01, 2020
Ok

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by warripekin(m): 1:45pm On Aug 01, 2020
The igbo amaka crew will soon arrive.

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Whiteangel1234: 1:57pm On Aug 01, 2020
Igbo Amaka na we sure pass

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Simplyleo: 2:02pm On Aug 01, 2020
warripekin:
The igbo amaka crew will soon arrive.
But when it was alleged that one of Buhari's ambassadorial nominees was from Niger, ipob lunatics were all over the social media grunting aloud. undecided

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by McCoy662(m): 2:03pm On Aug 01, 2020
warripekin:
The igbo amaka crew will soon arrive.
E dey pain u die grin grin
Igbo Amakaaaaaaaa!!!!
Igbo bu Igbo!!
Ndi nwe m na ndi m nwe!!!
If e dey pain u, snipper na 2h for my area oo grin

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Itohanprefa: 2:22pm On Aug 01, 2020
Simplyleo:

But when it was alleged that one of Buhari's ambassadorial nominees was from Niger, ipob lunatics were all over the social media grunting aloud. undecided
Drop your line, I wanto call you and tell you that "Igbo amaka" grin

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Nobody: 2:26pm On Aug 01, 2020
Igbo Amaka

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Simplyleo: 2:27pm On Aug 01, 2020
Itohanprefa:
Drop your line, I wanto call you and tell you that "Igbo amaka" grin
0807IGBOAMAKA angry

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by helinues: 2:37pm On Aug 01, 2020
All the best to him

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Wigetsolar: 2:39pm On Aug 01, 2020
Nwachukwu na eme ofuma cool

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Ikeast(m): 2:39pm On Aug 01, 2020
warripekin:
The igbo amaka crew will soon arrive.
OKOYE AMAKA


IGBO AMAKA


ANAMBRA AMAKA


NIGERIA AJOKA..........

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Nobody: 2:44pm On Aug 01, 2020
Peter Obi Amaka
Uzo Kalu Amaka
Ngige Amaka
Umahi Amaka
Wike Amaka
Amechi Chibuike Amaka
Ifeanyi Okowa Amaka
Ngozi Iweala Amaka
Ojukwu Amaka
Nnamdi Kanu Amaka
Okoye Amaka
Igbo nile Amaka.
Igbo, ndi oma ndi oma

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Frankdoz9: 3:35pm On Aug 01, 2020
IGBO AMAKA!!!

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by amuwo1980: 3:36pm On Aug 01, 2020
warripekin:
The igbo amaka crew will soon arrive.

If it is true it ant bragging. IGBO AMAKA

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Stalwert: 3:56pm On Aug 01, 2020
It is sad some of our best brain are making America Great while leaving us with empty brains to run our states and LGs.

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 3:59pm On Aug 01, 2020
All the very best to him
This is a society that works, that won't say because you are black or Hispanic or cos you are from another tribe, you can't contest or we cannot vote for you in an election

But you see some swines and tribalistic bigots here claiming they can't vote for igbo, hausa or yoruba cos they are not from the same tribe.
They can only vote for the people from their tribes, even if they are well known thieves

You will see them celebrating thieves and politicians that have looted their lives inside out,
looted the lives of their unborn kids and their unborn kids,
they are okay with it, as long as 'he is our brother".

With these sets of youths, their future remains bleak.
Na body go tell all of una where TRIBALISM and HATRED will take your empty brains to.

Telle Person.....

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 3:59pm On Aug 01, 2020
Kemimarch16:
Nigeria amaka
Correct babe!
Ur head dey dia!
In One Nigeria we believe.
" Hello bae......" (in Falz's voice) cheesy


Stalwert:
It is sad some of our best brain are making America Great while leaving us with empty brains to run our states and LGs.
Hmmmmmmm, this is deep! sad

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Slawormir: 3:59pm On Aug 01, 2020
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Nice

We are the real niggarrrs of Africa

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by bigestPREEKhere: 4:00pm On Aug 01, 2020
can never work
Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 4:00pm On Aug 01, 2020
Simplyleo:

0807IGBOAMAKA angry
Una no go take laff kill person for dis our Nairaland o.
Una don customise Amaka phone number sef!
Up Nairaland.......

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by wunmi590(m): 4:00pm On Aug 01, 2020
cool


Good for him
Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Kemimarch16(f): 4:00pm On Aug 01, 2020
Nigeria amaka

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by RichDad1(m): 4:00pm On Aug 01, 2020
Best luck
Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Pennywise(m): 4:01pm On Aug 01, 2020
Just a state senator, not a real Senate

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Joshkouture: 4:01pm On Aug 01, 2020
Damn nigar making us proud
Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by wunmi590(m): 4:01pm On Aug 01, 2020
Mmuoojukwu:
Peter Obi Amaka
Uzo Kalu Amaka
Ngige Amaka
Umahi Amaka
Wike Amaka
Amechi Chibuike Amaka
Ifeanyi Okowa Amaka
Ngozi Iweala Amaka
Ojukwu Amaka
Nnamdi Kanu Amaka
Okoye Amaka
Igbo nile Amaka.
Igbo, ndi oma ndi oma

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by aywhy93(m): 4:01pm On Aug 01, 2020
McCoy662:

E dey pain u die grin grin
Igbo Amakaaaaaaaa!!!!
Igbo bu Igbo!!
Ndi nwe m na ndi m nwe!!!
If e dey pain u, snipper na 2h for my area oo grin

Can you waybill the Snipper to their location..? I'll pay for delivery grin

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Hotzone(m): 4:01pm On Aug 01, 2020
Good news

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Re: Gabe Okoye Runs For US Senate (Photos) by Franchise21(m): 4:02pm On Aug 01, 2020
Good

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