Four British politicians of Nigerian parentage are among those eyeing parliamentary seats as Britain goes to the polls to elect their next Prime Minister and Members of Parliament today, May 7, 2015. Out of them, 46-year old trade union activist, Kate Osamor, is making her debut on the national stage.
Three, including Osamor are flying the Labour Party flag. The fourth, Helen Grant, is a current Conservative Member of Parliament seeking to retain her seat.
Although there are at least two other Nigerians seeking parliamentary seats on the platform of smaller parties like the Green Party, they may not have great chances of making it to Westminster.
Meanwhile, former Mayor of Lambeth Council, Councillor Ade Aminu, tipped his Labour Party to win and take over at No 10 Downing Street. He spoke to The Guardian newspaper (Nigeria).
“Labour will win the elections” he said. He also tipped all British-Nigerians flying Labour and Conservatives flags to make it to the House of Commons.
On Osamor, he said: “It is a safe Labour seat, so she should have no problems winning it.”
He also predicted victories for the duo of Labour’s Chi Onwurah and Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna. Both are incumbent MPs for Newcastle and Streatham (South East London) respectively. Though Grant is from the party Aminu’s Labour hopes to defeat at the polls, the former Mayor said she too should retain her seat and make her way back to the Commons.
Of the four, trade union activist, Osamor, a practice manager at a doctor’s surgery in North London is perhaps the one with the most interesting political lineage and one to watch out for, should she make it to the Commons.
Apart from having a mother – Martha Osamor – who herself is a staunch Labour and community activist, her selection to vie for the Edmonton seat looks like a compensation and victory for the family.
Reason is that her mother was to be the Labour candidate for Vauxhall in the 1980s, until she was vetoed out by an influential Labour leader. The seat her mother was prevented from contesting for has remained in the hands of Labour ever since, and is currently occupied by Kate Hoey.
It’s predicted to be the closest general election in decades. 650 constituencies will be declared through the night, and every seat will count. About 50 million Britons are registered to vote.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Greens leader Natalie Bennett, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Conservative leader David Cameron, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood have all cast their votes.
In Northern Ireland DUP leader Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness in Northern Ireland have voted, as have SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell, Alliance Party leader David Ford and Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.