Tonto Dikeh, the Nollywood actress, has been nominated as the running mate to Tonte Ibraye, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Rivers state.


The actress, who has long been nursing her political ambition, broke the news in a statement on Friday.

Dikeh said she will be working alongside Ibraye towards increasing women’s inclusion in the state’s governance system, supporting small businesses, and strengthening our traditional institutions.

“I thank Mr. Tonte Ibraye(@tonteibraye), the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Rivers State for nominating me as his running mate,” the actress wrote.


“We are looking forward to investing massively in social protection, creating a social value system for young people.

“Increasing women inclusion in our governance system, supporting small businesses and strengthening our traditional institutions to be active players in the drive to bring sustainable development to the people of Rivers.

“I am glad to be a proud member of the #RiversRescueMission2023. Please get your PVC and join the movement. You are the Future and The future is now!”



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The 2023 Rivers state gubernatorial election will take place on March 11, 2023, to elect the next governor.

Last two years, Dikeh opened up about her plans to go into politics in 2023.

“I do know that I’m going to be a senator. I think the position is going to climb up. Being a governor, I do not know. But I don’t see anything past me. Anything I put my mind to…,” she had said.

“I can do it. I’m in the process; I’ve started. I’ve been watching the grounds. I’m not going to be identifying with any political party at the moment until 2023.”


“I got so detached from Nollywood. I can’t remember one out of the bag. It’s not, my reality anymore. I don’t go back to rewatch my movies because I’m not Nollywood oriented anymore.

“I won’t say I’ve grown bigger than Nollywood. My dreams have rather grown bigger than Nollywood. I’ve rejected movie roles and I still do. I’m one artiste who didn’t like to be stereotyped.”

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