By Niyi Maraiyesa

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“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 a day for some celebration, the hard work also follows. Again, thanks so much for everything. I wouldn’t be here without you.” The words of Adeoye Owolewa, the first Nigeria- American congressman in history basking in the euphoria of victory.

Back home in Omu Aran, kwara State, Nigeria, was wild jubilation on Wednesday as its indigene, Adeoye Owolewa, was declared winner of the U.S. Congress election for Columbia District. The Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, described Owolewa’s victory as landmark in the history of the community.

According to him, it is not only an historical landmark for Omu-Aran, but Kwara and Nigeria as a whole. “This is an unprecedented thing of joy for every son and daughter of Omu-Aran, Kwara State and our dear country, Nigeria. “We are happy that our son, Adeoye Owolewa, has put the name of the community, Kwara State and Nigeria on the world political map in a positive way.

“Our prayers are that God will bestow on him His divine wisdom, guidance and protection to excel in his new assignment so as to continue to promote our image positively,’’ he said. Owolewa’s victory just did not come so easy. Report said that residents, led by community leaders, had earlier on Tuesday held a vigil which featured inter-religious prayers for Owolewa’s victory.

The results for the Columbia District congress election showed that Owolewa of the Democratic Party polled 135, 234 votes representing 82.65 per cent of the total vote cast to defeat his closest rival Robinson-Paul Joyce of DCG, who scored 15, 541 votes. With the victory, Owolewa becomes the first Nigerian to be elected into the U.S. Congress. Owolewa holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from North-Eastern University, Boston.

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