Tonye Cole, the former group Executive Director of Sahara Group, has emerged as the All Progressives Congress, APC, consensus governorship candidate in Rivers State.
After a late-night meeting of party officials, Cole emerged as the consensus candidate.
The meeting was attended by all ten aspirants from the Riverine area of the state.
According to sources, the meeting was also attended by Transportation Minister Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Tonye Cole is believed to be a close ally to the minister of transportation.
He was chosen as the consensus candidate of the party in 2019 governorship election before the court judgement that ordered that APC be removed from the ballot.
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.
“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”.