Twitter Users Taunt Governor Fayemi Over Congratulatory Message To Nigerian Elected As Lawmaker In The US

A Twitter user, @Norbs_A, has mocked Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state over his congratulatory message to a Nigerian, Esther Agbaje, who was elected into the Minnesota House of Representatives in the United States.


Fayemi tweeted on Thursday by describing Agbaje as 'our Ekiti daughter'.

"Congratulations to our Ekiti daughter and Harvard graduate for winning a landmark legislative seat into the Minnesota state assembly. I just spoke to her proud parents from Aramoko Ekiti and extended the best wishes of all our people. JKF," he wrote.

Replying to the post, @Norbs_A tweeted that the governor's daughters are at home in Nigeria because of the ASUU strike.

"She's not your Ekiti daughter. Your Ekiti daughters are at home because ASUU is on strike."

Other Nigerians also called out the governor over the tweet.


Agbaje won her election to the lower chamber of the state legislature on Tuesday.

She won by a landslide, scoring a total of 17,396 votes, which represents 74.7% of the total ballots cast.

Her closest rival, Alan Shilepsky, a candidate of the Republican Party, scored 4,126 votes, which represents 17.7% of the total votes cast.

She will represent District 59B in the 134-member House on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the Democratic Party.

Agbaje was born in St. Paul, the state capital of Minnesota, to Nigerian immigrant parents. Her father, Rev. John, an Episcopal Church priest, met her mother, Bunmi, a librarian, at the University of Minnesota where they were studying.

She graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C with a degree in political science. She also holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from Harvard University.



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