A Nigerian man, Yemi Mobolade has been elected as the new mayor of Colorado Springs, a community in the state of Colorado in the United States.
The businessman is the first Black man to be elected to lead the city during political instability as a result of his electoral success, Colorado Sun reports.
Mobolade defeated his challenger, Wayne Williams on Tuesday night, May 16, in the city’s runoff contest, despite zero experience in politics.
The report said Colorado Springs has experienced a political earthquake as a result of Mobolade’s victory. The report further stated that Mobolade is independent whereas Wayne Williams is a Republican.
Mobolade had received 57% of the vote to Williams’ 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 be the city’s 42nd mayor, succeeding Mayor John Suthers, a former federal prosecutor and Colorado Attorney General who was term-limited.
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