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Rivers ADC Governorship Candidate Steps Down For Tonye Cole

ADC forms Alliance With APC against PDP For Saturday's Election

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ADC governorship candidates and APC governorship candidate
ADC governorship candidates and APC governorship candidate

Ibraye | Tonye Cole | Tonto Dikeh

Less than 48 hours to the and House assembly election slated for March 18, 2023, the governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Rivers State, Tonte Ibraye and his deputy, Tonto Dike have stepped down for Tonye Cole, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state.

Speaking during an event in Port Harcourt, Ibraye said they decided to go into the alliance with the APC because of the belief that Cole is the most qualified amongst all the governorship candidates.

He said the decision was only for the governorship poll and would not affect the House of Assembly elections.

He called on the candidates of Accord Party, Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Action Alliance, Dawari George, and Labour Party, Beatrice Itubo, to toe a similar path in the interest of a better state.

Ibraye said the Rivers West Senatorial Zone had many governorship candidates, who should consider an alliance to take over power from the PDP.

He said: “If you look at the number of governorship candidate within that zone alone, I think we are up to seven and it is unacceptable.

“I did not even realise that the number is that much and so having realized that, I felt as an opposition, the battle before us is strong so the only way we can win this election is for us to come together.”

He added he and his running mate took the decision after due consultations.

He said:  ” I and my deputy looked beyond selfish interest in this decision. As a people we have made mistakes in the past and we need to correct them.

“Tonye Cole is not contesting for governor because he does not have a job, no. He has his own firm that has created a lot of employment. He is well travelled and exposed. He has managed his firm to international standard. His manifesto to Rivers people stands out.

“For us to win, we have to work with Cole to win. Today we are aligning our forces with Cole because we want to win this election. We are calling on Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Dawari George and Beatrice Itubo and others to queue behind the moving train.

“We are not talking about Ijaw or a Kalabari Governor, but a governor that will deliver development to the state. He is the unifying candidate of the opposition parties in Rivers.

“We are doing this so that at the end we will merge our experience and form a government of unity. We are solidly and unapologetically behind Tonye Cole.”

On his part, Cole said with the alliance, the APC would form the next government in the state.

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Tonye Cole said: “ADC as a progressive party has taken that step and made a bold step to back the APC to produce the governor of the state. I commend Ibraye for the momentous Act. This shows that there is a desire to bring the state to place where the people matter and place of development.

“I accept the call to stand as a unifyer for the opposition parties. The ADC has pioneered this step forward to ensure that winning is a critical factor in the Saturday’s election.”

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