Nigerians contesting in the US general elections – Citizens of the United States of America are heading to the polls in the country’s general elections taking place today, November 8. Four Nigerian-Americans are contesting for various seats in the elections.
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The four Americans who are of Nigerian descent will be contesting in grassroots elections at township and county levels.
They are Charles Ejike Onyejiaka, George Chidi, Rasheed Bolaji (or ‘BJ’) Dawodu and April Ademiluyi.
1. Charles Ejike Onyejiaka
He is from Imo state, the eastern part of Nigeria. He is a Democrat and is contesting for Ward 3 Councilman seat in Franklin. He was one of three men presented to Franklin Town Council as fill-in candidates for the unexpired term of Phil Kramer, former Ward 3 Councilman, who became Mayor of Franklin last January. He beat Alex Kharazi and Azim Uddin, also democrats and immigrants, to succeed Kramer. He is contesting against Beverly Briggs-Lawson, a Republican.
Born in Nkwerre, his family has a record of record of civic engagements. His His uncle served as a commissioner while an aunt worked as special assistant in the governor’s office.
He has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Thomas Edison State University and is also something of a veteran public servant with experience dating back to Nigeria’s Second Republic. He is prominent member of the local Catholic community and has served on the Township Planning Board.