The African Democratic Congress, ADC, has revealed why it chose Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh as its Deputy governorship candidate in Rivers State.
According to the state chairman of the party, Tonto Dikeh would help to encourage the participation of women in politics.
HE SAID, “THE CHOICE OF TONTO DIKE IS LIKE WE ARE COMING WITH SOMETHING THAT IS QUITE DIFFERENT.
“WE SAT DOWN AND WE FELT THAT WE HAVE SOMEONE LIKE TONTO DIKE WITH US AND SHE’S ALSO VERY GOOD. WE KNOW HER CAPACITY ACROSS BOARD, BUT WHAT MANY PEOPLE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT HER IS HER POLITICAL ABILITY AND AMBITION.
“WE HAVE BEEN HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH HER; SHE’S BEEN A PARTY MEMBER FOR MORE THAN A YEAR NOW.
“WE LOOKED AT CHOOSING A FEMALE RUNNING MATE AND BY THE TIME WE LOOKED AT ALL OF THESE, WE BELIEVED SHE’S THE BEST FOR THAT POSITION.
“WE ALSO DID THAT TO ENCOURAGE THE WOMEN TO BE IN POLITICS AND BELIEVE YOU ME, SINCE SHE CAME ON BOARD, IT HAS CREATED A LOT OF AWARENESS FOR WOMEN TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY BE ACTIVE IN POLITICS, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG ONES.”