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UK Council Poll: Nigerian mom, daughter rewrite history

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On a night that neither Theresa May nor her Labour adversary, Jeremy Corbyn, were claiming victory as both the Conservatives and Labour shared 35 per cent apiece of the national votes, a Nigerian mother and her daughter have continued rewriting British political history by retaining their East London Labour seats in the London borough of Waltham Forest, at Thursday’s local government elections in England.

Both mother and daughter’s victories are even more significant, considering that while the mom took the seat off the then Liberal Democrats holder in 2006 – and has since won three subsequent elections in 2010, 2014 and Thursday – her daughter, Whitney, defeated the husband of the same woman her mother beat, for the second time on Thursday.

Speaking exclusively to The Guardian, yesterday, Chief (Dr.) Anna Mbachu-Ogbuebile said not only did her daughter take the Lib Dems stronghold of 32 years from the holder in 2014, while still in her late teen, Thursday’s victory was more telling and sweeter, because the former holder fought back like a wounded lion, telling voters Whitney is inexperienced and that she won’t be around to represent them well as she’s currently about to pursue a second medical degree.

Mbachu-Ogbuebile, who doubled her 2014 votes to win Thursday’s election with a landslide, said while a section of the electorate believed the bitter campaign the former Lib Dems leader waged against her daughter, the majority decided to go with the youth, thus making Whitney become two-term councilor.


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