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Steve Ezeonu, 22-year-old Nigerian wins City Council election in US


Steve "Junior" Ezeonu, 22-year old Nigerian-American, has won the Grand Prairie City Council run-off election in Texas, U.S.

Dozens of races across North Texas, including those for mayor, city council and school board in some cities, were decided in run-off elections Saturday.
The young Ezeonu, a Democrat, defeated Greg Giessner, an incumbent Republican who have occupied the post for 12 years.

He earned 3,903 votes to beat Giessner, who garnered 3,720 votes in the June 5 local run-off election.

The result means Ezeonu got 51.2 per cent of the votes as against Greg’s 48.8 per cent.
Ezeonu and his fellow Democratic candidate, Kurt Johnson, are now the first black City Council members in Grand Prairie in 40 years.
Reacting to Ezeonu's victory, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairperson of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), said the young Nigerian-American has proven that “hard work and dedication to duty pays”.

She added that she was not surprised by Ezeonu’s victory because his resilience, dedication, doggedness contributed to his success at that age.

Dabiri-Erewa urged other Nigerians to emulate Ezeonu’s feat and strive to excel in their pursuits as “hard work is the key to success”, while urging them also to continue to demonstrate the spirit of resilience imbibed in Nigerians

She advised Ezeonu to fulfil all his electoral promises to the electorate as he has a lot of opportunities ahead of him in future.

She also expressed appreciation to the Nigerian community in Texas for giving him their maximum support.

Dabiri-Erewa said that she had contacted Ezeonu earlier before the election to give him words of encouragement and support.

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