A Nigerian-American, Esther Agbaje, has won the Minnesota House of Representatives seat in the 2020 United States election and Oye Owolewa first Nigeria USA congressman in the USA House of Reps.
Agbaje defeated her closest rival, Alan Shilepsky, by a landslide.
She scored a total of 17,396 votes, which represents 74.6 per cent of the total votes cast.
Shilepsky, a nominee for the Republican Party, scored 4,128 votes, representing 17.7 per cent of the total votes cast.
The polls which have since been closed has however produced two Nigerian-American winners out of the nine candidates who were on the ballot for various elective offices. First, Oye Owolewa, who ran on the platform of the Democratic Party to represent Washington DC in the House of Representatives has been elected to the United States Congress.
Owolewa from Kwara, who holds a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Pharmacy from the North-Eastern University, Boston, has also made history as the first Nigerian congressman in the country’s history.
He achieved this feat along with Esther Agbaje, who was elected into the Minnesota House of Representatives. Agbaje who will be representing District 59B in the 134-member House on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party/
The 35-year-old Nigerian woman graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in political science, holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and also a law degree from Harvard University.
Agbaje who once served at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer, charged with managing the rule of law projects in the Middle East, currently works as an attorney in Minneapolis with a focus on general civil litigation and medical malpractice.