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Rivers Guber: Tonye Cole Emerges APC Consensus Governorship Candidate

Tonye Cole, a former group executive director of the Sahara Group, has emerged as the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) consensus governorship candidate in Rivers State.

After a late Friday night meeting of party officials, Cole emerged as the consensus choice.

At the conference, all ten apsirants from the State’s Riverine zone were present.

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The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, according to sources.


Tonye Cole is thought to be a close buddy of the transportation minister.

Before the court ruling that ordered the APC to be removed from the ballot, he was picked as the party’s consensus candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial race.

The latest decision by the party leader is said to be upsetting some party members who have accused the minister of transportation of ” imposing” the candidate on them.

But a source who was part of the meeting explained that the decision was taken by party leaders in the absence of the minister of Transportation.

According to the source, “the decision has just been made for Tonye Cole to fly the flag. It was not made by the Minister. It was made by the leaders of the party.

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“The 10 aspirants, plus two new names that also indicated interest were asked to step out, while all of the leaders, minus the Minister then sat and deliberated. We were just called back along with the Minister to be given their decision”.



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