Former governor of plateau state, Joshua Dariye who is currently serving a 14-year jail term over financial misconducts during his governorship tenure, has picked up and submitted his All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form to re-contest as senator in next year’s election.
Confirming the news, APC Publicity Secretary in Plateau Mr Chindo Dafat said;
“Yes, Sen. Dariye has picked a nomination form to seek a third term. It is true. He is among those jostling for the APC ticket in Plateau Central,’’ he said
He also added that it was senator Dariye’s ward secretary came to sign the nomination form on his behalf
“It has been filled and his supporters are already campaigning ahead of the party primary election,’’ he said.
further explaining dafat said that senator dariye who is in a rather unfortunate condition could win the primary’s from prison and it would not be a surprise as he is not the first politician to do so.
“Dariye is still very popular and relevant in Plateau Central in spite of his current ordeals, Aside possible success in the appeal, we are also praying for a state pardon. That is another possibility.
Dariye is very important to our party, unfortunately, this happened to him. It is not that we cannot win elections without him; we can win without him, but he has done a lot and is well loved by his people.
Somebody could be in the hospital or prison and pick a nomination from from there. We have no right to deny anyone a nomination form. Even INEC cannot stop Dariye from contesting the 2019 elections.
There is no law that stops him from buying the form. Whoever comes for the nomination form can get it. I see it as a constitutional matter. Only the court can disqualify him.
If Dariye wins elections from prison, he will not be the first Nigerian to do that. Iyiola Omisore, from Osun, once won a senate seat while in prison,” Mr Dafat stated.
Senator dariye was former governor of plateau state, he was found guilty of financial crimes and sentenced to 14 years in prison by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of a high court in abuja on the 12 of june 2018 while he was serving as senator of plateau central.