Tonto Dikeh, the Nollywood star, has officially defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).


The film star, who was the deputy governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2023 gubernatorial election in Rivers, was unveiled by the ruling party on Monday.

Dikeh was unveiled as a member of the party by Mary Alile, the party’s national women leader, and Duro Mesekoat, the deputy national publicity secretary, at the APC national secretariat in Abuja.

The ruling party also confirmed the development via its official X handle alongside photos of the actress’ unveiling.


The development came after Tonto and Tonte Ibraye, the governorship candidate of the ADC in Rivers, lost the state election earlier in the year.

In 2020, Dikeh opened up about her plans to go into politics.

“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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