By Enyichukwu Enemanna
A Nigerian man has won election as the new mayor of Colorado Springs, a community in the state of Colorado in the United States, becoming the first black man to achieve the political feat.
Yemi Mobolade an independent candidate, defeated his challenger, Wayne Williams a Republican on Tuesday night in the city’s runoff contest, despite minimal politics-related experience, The Colorado Sun reported.
Colorado Springs has experienced a political earthquake as a result of Mobolade’s victory, the report says.
With 57% of the vote, Mobolade defeated Williams who garnered 43% as of 7:15 pm on Tuesday.
Williams conceded at about 7:30 pm. When the second batch of results was released shortly before 9 pm, the percentages had not shifted.
Mobolade will take over from Mayor John Suthers, a former federal prosecutor, and Colorado attorney general, who has completed his term as of office to become the city’s 42nd mayor.
While reacting to his triumph, Monolade said, “Wow. Wow. I am speechless. This is our win.”
“We are Colorado Springs. It’s a new day in our beloved city. Do you believe that? Colorado Springs will become an inclusive, culturally rich, economically prosperous, safe, and vibrant city.”
Mobolade relocated to Colorado Springs in 2010 and rose to the position of leadership in the local community.
He served as the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation’s vice president of company expansion and retention.
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