Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has congratulated Steve Ezeonu, a 22-year-old Nigerian-American, on his victory in the Grand Prairie City Council election run-off in Texas, U.S.
In a statement issued by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa thanked Mr Ezeonu.
She described Mr. Ezeonu’s triumph as hard-won but well-deserved.
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According to the announcement, the young Nigerian-American received 3,903 votes, beating out his nearest competitor, Greg Giessner, who received 3,720 votes in the June 5 run-off.
In the run-off, Mr Ezeonu (Democrat) received 51.2 percent of the vote to Mr Giessner’s 48.8 percent.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa explained that by emerging victorious, Mr Ezeonu proved “hard work and dedication to duty pay.”
She pointed out that she was not surprised by Mr Ezeonu’s victory because his resilience, dedication, doggedness contributed to his success despite his young age.
The NiDCOM chief urged other Nigerians to imitate Mr 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 urged Mr. Ezeonu to keep all of his campaign pledges to the voters, and she thanked the Nigerian community in Texas for their unwavering support.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa revealed that she had phoned Mr Ezeonu prior to the election to express her encouragement and support.