Dr. John Emeka Akude
On Sunday 13 September, tens of millions voters went to the polls in cities and cities throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, to vote for Lord Mayors, Mayors, Councillors and the Integration Councils.
Many candidates of African origin participated on the elections. Outcomes are actually coming in. Dr John Emeka Akude, a Nigerian-born political scientist, was elected member of the Cologne Metropolis Council (Stadtrat). He made historical past by turning into the primary Councillor of African origin in Cologne, Germany’s 4th greatest metropolis with about 1 million inhabitants.
Reacting to Akude’s victory, Rahab Njeri, the one different African-origin candidate who took half within the election in Cologne mentioned although she was not elected however all African-descendant inhabitants of the town have been winners with the victory of the Nigerian-born politician. Each ran on the platform of Klima Freunde (Mates of the Local weather).
Different outcomes which have been launched present that a number of African candidates gained elections into the Integration Council (Integrationsrat) of their cities and cities, together with Kevin Uguru in Essen, Pastor Lumbu in Dortmund and Elizabeth Kaneza in Aachen.
Integration Council – in some cities often known as Ausländerrat or Ausländerbeirat (Foreigners’ Advisory Council) – is the official consultant organ of the residents of international origin in a metropolis, municipality and district.
The principle job of the Council is to signify the pursuits of the foreign-origin inhabitants and, above all, to advocate for integration and equality between international and German residents at native degree.
Complete outcomes of elections into all of the Integration Council within the state might be introduced on Wednesday.
Sunday’s election in North Rhine-Westphalia is seen as a check for subsequent 12 months’s federal elections. Exit polls recommend the CDU with 36.2% of the favored votes emerged the general winners within the municipal elections, adopted by SPD (23.7%) and Greens (19.1%).