Fiona Onasanya and six other Nigerians have been re-elected into the United Kingdom parliament in the recently held election where the Conservative party of the current Prime Minister, Theresa May lost heavily to the Labour party. The elected Nigerian MPs include five females and two males.
The parliament members include Kemi Badenoch representing Saffron Walden; Chuka Umunna representing Streatham; Kate Osamor representing Edmonton; Bim Afolami representing Hitchin and Harpenden; Fiona Onasanya representing Peterborough; Helen Grant representing Maidstone and The Weald and Chi Onwurah representing Newcastle.
UK Telegraph reports that, Onwurah, who contested under the Labour Party, won 24,071 votes to defeat Tory candidate, Steve Kyte, who had 9, 134 votes. Similarly, Umunna, 38, of the Labour Party, won the election to represent Streatham which she had represented since 2008. Onwurah, 52, is said to be Newcastle’s first Member of Parliament, Osamor, 48, was also elected on the platform of LP, while Badenoch, 38, was elected on the platform of the Conservative Party.
Also, Onasanya, who ran on the platform of the Labour Party, was the deputy leader of the Labour Group on Cambridgeshire until her re-election, while Grant, 55, who represents Maidstone and The Weald since 2010, was said to be the first black Member of Parliament from Conservatives.
Similarly, Afolami, who is of the Conservative Party won re-election, and she was quoted to have said, “I’m feeling completely over the moon to be the new MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. It’s such a great feeling. I’m completely honoured. I would like to pay tribute to my opponents who fought a fair and democratic fight.”
Does this mean that Britain could be on the way to having a Prime Minister who is a Nigerian?