Tonye Cole has officially emerged as the APC consensus governorship candidate in Rivers State, after a meeting held bythe party leaders.
All 10 apsirants from the Riverine region of the State were in attendance at the meeting.
Sources said the Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was also in attendance at the meeting.
Tonye Cole is believed to be a close ally to the minister of transportation.
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”.