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Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by AAJ50(m): 10:47pm On Nov 01, 2020
No fewer than nine Nigerian Americans are on the ballot in Tuesday’s general elections in the United States, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Running mostly on the platform of the Democratic Party, the candidates are bidding for different offices at the federal, state and local levels.
NAN reports that besides the presidential election, governorship polls are holding in 11 states and two territories, in addition to other state and local elections.

Congressional elections are also holding on Tuesday with all the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate up for grabs.

At the federal level, Mr Oye Owolewa , whose father is from Kwara and mother from Oyo, is aiming for a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) seat in the House of Representatives.

Owolewa, a Ph.D holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston, is seeking to represent the District of Columbia (DC) under the Democratic Party.

If elected, the 30-year-old, whose agenda include fighting income inequality in the U.S., would be the first Nigerian congressman in the country’s history.

Also at the federal level, Mr Yomi Faparusi , an Ibadan-born native of Ode-Ekiti in Ekiti State, is vying as an independent candidate to represent the state of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.

Faparusi holds a doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ibadan, a Ph.D. in Health from Johns Hopkins University, and Juris Doctorate from the Widener University School of Law, Delaware.

This is not his first shot at the U.S. Congress. In 2014 and 2016, he vied for the Republican Party’s ticket to the House of Representatives, but lost in both occasions

Faparusi’s priorities include being a positive voice for all Nigerians in the U.S. Senate, and inspiring Americans of African or Nigerian descent to seek public office in the country.

In Missouri, a Republican controlled state, Mr Yinka Faleti from Lagos is the Democratic Party flagbearer in the election for the office of Secretary of State.

According to Wikipedia, Faleti was in the U.S. Army as an active-duty officer from 1998 to 2004. He served in Kuwait, first under Operation Desert Spring and later as part Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 44-year-old father of four holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a Juris Doctorate from the Washington University School of Law.

His goals as a Secretary of State include protection of the “right to vote for Missouri families”, and ensuring elected officials hear the people’s voice.

Also at the state level, Mr Paul Akinjo from Ondo, is running for election to the California State Assembly under the Democratic Party to represent District 12.

Akinjo once served as Vice Mayor of Lathrop, California, and in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1982 to 1989. His priorities include housing, immigration and transportation.

In Delaware, a small Mid-Atlantic U.S. state, Adewunmi Kuforiji is aspiring to represent District 34 in the state House of Representatives.

Kuforiji, originally from Ibadan, Oyo, secured the Democratic Party’s ticket on Sept. 15 after defeating his challenger, Robert Haynes, at the primary.

He holds a Bachelor in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Delaware State University.

In the 2018 mid-term elections, he vied for the same position but lost to the incumbent, Lyndon Yearick, of the Republican Party, whom he is facing he on Tuesday.

Also at the state level, Ms Esther Agbaje , is seeking to represent District 59B in the Minnesota House of Representatives on the platform of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFLP), an affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party.

The 35-year-old daughter of an Episcopal priest and a librarian, both Nigerian immigrants, defeated longtime state Representative Raymond Dehn in the party’s primary in August.

She is one of one of four progressive greenhorns who defeated established Democratic legislators in the primary.
Agbaje has a law degree from Harvard University, a Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and has served in the U.S. Department of State, among others.

As a millennial, a “generation that has suffered numerous setbacks”, she seeks to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to government.

On the ballot at the local government level are April Ademiluyi, Ngozi Akubuike and Benjamin Osemenam.

Ademiluyi, 39, is running on the Democratic Party’s ticket for Judge of the Seventh Circuit Court in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
For her part, Akubuike, a legal practitioner, is an independent candidate for judge of the Minnesota 2nd District Court Position 8.

Akubuike studied law in Nigeria, then worked in the banking sector before moving to the U.S. where she graduated from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

She has served in several capacities, including legal manager for the state of Minnesota.

Osemenam, who moved to the U.S. in 1982, is contesting for a seat in the Brooklyn Park City Council of Minnesota to represent East District.

An engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, he is vying on the platform of National Party.

He is a former president of the Association of Nigerian Engineers in Minnesota.

https://thenationonlineng.net/nine-nigerians-contesting-in-tuesdays-u-s-elections/

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by micfoley: 10:49pm On Nov 01, 2020
wao. America is really a land of opprtunity

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Fasholu: 10:49pm On Nov 01, 2020
Nice to see our countrymen making us proud

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by youngsahito(m): 10:49pm On Nov 01, 2020
Making 9ja proud...

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Nigeriabiafra80: 10:51pm On Nov 01, 2020
And there are no born to rule
No herdsmen

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Niyeal(m): 10:59pm On Nov 01, 2020
Yoruba amaka,

Go guys, we will take over America one day

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by privaldo: 11:01pm On Nov 01, 2020
Great feat, wish them all luck in their quest.

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by SUFFERInSMILIIN(f): 11:06pm On Nov 01, 2020
AAJ50:
No fewer than nine Nigerian Americans are on the ballot in Tuesday’s general elections in the United States, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Running mostly on the platform of the Democratic Party, the candidates are bidding for different offices at the federal, state and local levels.
NAN reports that besides the presidential election, governorship polls are holding in 11 states and two territories, in addition to other state and local elections.

Congressional elections are also holding on Tuesday with all the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate up for grabs.

At the federal level, Mr Oye Owolewa, whose father is from Kwara and mother from Oyo, is aiming for a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) seat in the House of Representatives.

Owolewa, a Ph.D holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston, is seeking to represent the District of Columbia (DC) under the Democratic Party.

If elected, the 30-year-old, whose agenda include fighting income inequality in the U.S., would be the first Nigerian congressman in the country’s history.

Also at the federal level, Mr Yomi Faparusi, an Ibadan-born native of Ode-Ekiti in Ekiti State, is vying as an independent candidate to represent the state of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.

Faparusi holds a doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ibadan, a Ph.D. in Health from Johns Hopkins University, and Juris Doctorate from the Widener University School of Law, Delaware.

This is not his first shot at the U.S. Congress. In 2014 and 2016, he vied for the Republican Party’s ticket to the House of Representatives, but lost in both occasions

Faparusi’s priorities include being a positive voice for all Nigerians in the U.S. Senate, and inspiring Americans of African or Nigerian descent to seek public office in the country.

In Missouri, a Republican controlled state, Mr Yinka Faleti from Lagos is the Democratic Party flagbearer in the election for the office of Secretary of State.

According to Wikipedia, Faleti was in the U.S. Army as an active-duty officer from 1998 to 2004. He served in Kuwait, first under Operation Desert Spring and later as part Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 44-year-old father of four holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a Juris Doctorate from the Washington University School of Law.

His goals as a Secretary of State include protection of the “right to vote for Missouri families”, and ensuring elected officials hear the people’s voice.

Also at the state level, Mr Paul Akinjo from Ondo, is running for election to the California State Assembly under the Democratic Party to represent District 12.

Akinjo once served as Vice Mayor of Lathrop, California, and in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1982 to 1989. His priorities include housing, immigration and transportation.

In Delaware, a small Mid-Atlantic U.S. state, Adewunmi Kuforiji is aspiring to represent District 34 in the state House of Representatives.
Kuforiji, originally from Ibadan, Oyo, secured the Democratic Party’s ticket on Sept. 15 after defeating his challenger, Robert Haynes, at the primary.
He holds a Bachelor in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Delaware State University.
In the 2018 mid-term elections, he vied for the same position but lost to the incumbent, Lyndon Yearick, of the Republican Party, whom he is facing he on Tuesday.

Also at the state level, Ms Esther Agbaje, is seeking to represent District 59B in the Minnesota House of Representatives on the platform of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFLP), an affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party.

The 35-year-old daughter of an Episcopal priest and a librarian, both Nigerian immigrants, defeated longtime state Representative Raymond Dehn in the party’s primary in August.

She is one of one of four progressive greenhorns who defeated established Democratic legislators in the primary.
Agbaje has a law degree from Harvard University, a Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and has served in the U.S. Department of State, among others.

As a millennial, a “generation that has suffered numerous setbacks”, she seeks to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to government.
On the ballot at the local government level are April Ademiluyi, Ngozi Akubuike and Benjamin Osemenam.

Ademiluyi, 39, is running on the Democratic Party’s ticket for Judge of the Seventh Circuit Court in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
For her part, Akubuike, a legal practitioner, is an independent candidate for judge of the Minnesota 2nd District Court Position 8.

Akubuike studied law in Nigeria, then worked in the banking sector before moving to the U.S. where she graduated from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

She has served in several capacities, including legal manager for the state of Minnesota.

Osemenam, who moved to the U.S. in 1982, is contesting for a seat in the Brooklyn Park City Council of Minnesota to represent East District.

An engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, he is vying on the platform of National Party.

He is a former president of the Association of Nigerian Engineers in Minnesota.

https://thenationonlineng.net/nine-nigerians-contesting-in-tuesdays-u-s-elections/

I can never vote for democratic party they will turn America into Nigeria. If these people was so good they still don't develop their country that going to develop another man's country. Bunch of illiterate

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Bluntguy: 11:06pm On Nov 01, 2020
If this were to be in Buhari's Nigeria, none of these geniuses stands a chance.

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by OkoNDOoBo: 11:09pm On Nov 01, 2020
Goodluck to them

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by AdaugoChisom(f): 11:23pm On Nov 01, 2020
Niyeal:
Yoruba amaka,

Go guys, we will take over America one day
How is Nigeria that you took over?

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Tyrant28: 11:34pm On Nov 01, 2020
wink
Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Niyeal(m): 11:37pm On Nov 01, 2020
AdaugoChisom:

How is Nigeria that you took over?
Nigeria is fine but I'm going to America soon

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by HajiMT: 1:26am On Nov 02, 2020
They may make a difference because they are contesting in a clime where institutions rule. Give the same set of people opportunities here, before you close your eyes and open them, the system would corrupt them and render them ineffective.

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by thunderfirebubu: 3:56am On Nov 02, 2020
Yoruba amaka. I look forward to the day when brains would be allowed to pilot the affairs of Nigeria.

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Mobilecrewnet(m): 5:16am On Nov 02, 2020
lipsrsealed
Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by BruncleZuma: 5:20am On Nov 02, 2020
SUFFERInSMILIIN:


I can never vote for democratic party they will turn America into Nigeria. If these people was so good they still don't develop their country that going to develop another man's country. Bunch of illiterate
I love the poorly educated ...(Trump) them no get anything to offer mankind except to occupy space and spew rubbish on social media just like you.

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Egein(m): 5:20am On Nov 02, 2020
These are Americans, not Nigerians.
They are of Nigerian origin, but not necessarily Nigerian.

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by omoyankee3(m): 5:21am On Nov 02, 2020
Nice one. Even here in the deep south, Nigerians are vying for political positions

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by toolovely(m): 5:22am On Nov 02, 2020
We can go to another country and contest for elective positions but here in Nigeria, even as immigrants but here in Nigeria, even your parents were born in a particular location, you yourself born and had lived all your life in this geographical location, they will still tell you to go your state of origin

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by personal59: 5:23am On Nov 02, 2020
wao

If na Nigeria with God father they wouldn't have been able to get to this level.

I fear my country people

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Eriokanmi: 5:23am On Nov 02, 2020
Good luck guys

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Chiedu4Trump: 5:24am On Nov 02, 2020
No name from the North

Its looking more like the North has nothing to do with the South

Apart from Boko Haram & Fulani Herdsmen,why else do we hear of the North?

Lets face it, we are really to different countries

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Kirchoffs: 5:25am On Nov 02, 2020
thunderfirebubu:
Yoruba amaka. I look forward to the day when brains would be allowed to pilot the affairs of Nigeria.
I doubt that day will ever come unless there is a radical change .....The Fulani hegemony and the northern oligarchy will never allow...their born to rule mentality has stunted the growth of the country in leaps and bounds.

They were very scared when they saw southerners speak with once at the #ENDSARS campaign...They have their paid media thugs hired to spread hatred here on Nairaland and other social media sites by disguising as southerners here, all this are part of the divide and rule tactics they play.

Recollect your thoughts don't get caught up in the mix cos the BMC and northern oligarchy controlled media is full of dirty tricks...

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by SKINDOGGY: 5:27am On Nov 02, 2020
Niyeal:
Yoruba amaka,

Go, guys, we will take over America one day
but yoruba dy complain about Igbos this life no balance

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Donspicey: 5:28am On Nov 02, 2020
May God Grant Them Victory.......
Naija all D Way...............

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Re: Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections by Oizee(f): 5:28am On Nov 02, 2020
Wow, wish una success o,

That's a good working system, but here, apart from d old cargoes that refused to retire, their nomination form is with outrageous prices to scare upcoming youths away? Plus the tribal differences, I don't know when we'll ever stand a chance.

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