ADC governorship candidate in Rivers state, Tonte Ibraye has revealed why he choose controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, as his deputy.
DAILY GIST reported that Tonto Dikeh had emerged as the deputy governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the forthcoming 2023 general election.
Dikeh who first announced the development via her Instagram page expressed appreciation to the Governorship candidate, stating that they are looking forward to investing massively in social protection, creating social value for young people and increasing women’s inclusion in the governance system.
ADC governorship candidate in the state, Tonte Ibraye in a statement also made the announcement.
The statement reads: “After series of consultations with leaders of our party, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Rivers State and the national level, I’m glad to announce Ambassador Tonto Dikeh as my running mate for the 2023 gubernatorial election in Rivers State.
“We are pleased to welcome her to the #RiversRescueMission2023 as we strive to improve the standard of living for everyone in our dear Rivers State.”
Addressing Journalists at a press conference in Abuja, he said that he he did not make a mistake when he decided to choose Tonto as his running mate, stressing that they are coming on a rescue mission for Rivers State.
“I have worked closely with Tonto Dikeh for more than a year now and she has been part of the party for a very long time. She has been following up with the primary process, she’s an advocate of transparency and I believe I did not make any mistake as choosing her as my running mate.
“She has so many things in her, such as creating employment opportunities. She has a farm here in Abuja and Rivers State, not just that she has supported a lot of young people in growing businesses.
“Yearly, she sends about 3,500 young people back to school. When it comes to choosing a running mate, many people look at a lot of indicators, but for me there are certain indicators I look at, are you able to employ young people and create employment for the people of Rivers and Nigerians, what is your disposition towards women and youth inclusion, believe me, Tonto Dikeh has all of that qualification. Any day, any time, I am more than proud to wo with her as my running mate.
“I and Tonto are coming on a rescue mission, we want to rescue the people of Rivers State. We would work with data, we would invest massively in social protection, we are going to ensure that we strengthen our traditional institutions to be part of the governance system to transform the people of Rivers State.”
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