Rivers State: ADC Gov Candidate, Tonte Ibraye, Running Mate Tonto Dikeh Announce Support For Another Party’s Candidate
The Rivers State governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Tonte Ibraye, and his running mate, Tonto Dike, have stepped down from the governorship race.
The duo also announced their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Tonye Cole.
The decision was made known on Thursday during a press briefing which was also attended by the APC Candidate, Tonye Cole in Port Harcourt.
While denying allegations that their decision was based on monetary inducement, Ibraye also called on other candidates in the Rivers West Senatorial District to support the APC.
The ADC candidate however said the State Assembly candidates of the party are still in the race.
On his part, the APC Candidate praised the decision of his ADC counterparts, describing it as a new beginning for the restoration of a progressives Rivers State.
He also expressed confidence that he will win the March 18 governorship election in the state.
ADC Suspends Ibraye, Dikeh
The African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Rivers State has announced the suspension of its Governorship candidate, Tonte Ibraye and his running mate, Tonto Dikeh.
The party accused the duo of involvement in anti-party activities and insubordination.
ADC is witnessing the shakeup barely two days before the Governorship and state assembly elections slated for Saturday, 18 March 2023, Naija News reports.
Also suspended is the former State Deputy Chairman of the party, Ode Lawrence-Gbagire; the former State Secretary, Eke Iheanyi-Eugene; former Youth leader, Deinma Emmanuel; the former Publicity Secretary, Luckyman Egila and former Legal Adviser, Hamza Victor-Chukere.
These were confirmed in a statement jointly signed by the State Chairman of the ADC, Leader Sampson, the Deputy Chairman, Alali Ikpoemugh and the state Secretary, Gabriel Patterson-Unyeowaji.
Naija News learnt that the suspension of the fellows follows recommendations by the state disciplinary committee, which the state working committee of the party also ratified.