After winning the Municipal elections for Ward 5,in Kitchener, London Ontario, Canada, Nigeria ‘s Ayo Owodunni was crowned the new City Councilor, right after the incumbent Councillor, Kelly Galloway-Sealock said he was not interested in a re-election.
Owodunni ran his campaign and won the election on three promises which are: combating speeding on local roads, keeping taxes low, and making housing affordable. He said: “I’m pushing for safety on our local roads by implementing traffic-calming measures, especially in residential neighbourhoods and school zones. The issue of speed control is a major concern I have personally heard from the thousands of doors I have knocked on.”
Owodunni promosed he will work on keeping taxes low and making smart decisions when it comes to capital expenditures. He further promised to tackle the rising cost of housing, saying “the city needs to work with the region on solutions for affordable housing.”
Not only is he into politics, Owodunni is also an author and has spent the last 10 years of his career working as a consultant, facilitator, trainer, and one who supports businesses in their efforts to promote learning and bring diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding in the workplace.
He has worked with small businesses, large corporations, and non-profit clients in a variety of industries like Spotify, Canada Life, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, CIBC, TMX Group and Hydro One.
President Muhammadu Buhari, reacting to this in a statement, said the record-setting election of the Nigerian, is the first ever for a black person. He highlighted the various initiatives undertaken by him as a consultant, facilitator, and trainer, amongst others. He then urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to always promote the development agenda of the Nigerian government wherever they lived and “never be afraid to dream big and never give up on your dreams.”
President Buhari congratulated Owodunni and his spouse, Folake and their two children, on this very important achievement.