Still in prison for corruption, Joshua Dariye purchases form to contest in 2019 election in Nigeria

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Joshua Dariye, who started 14-year-jail sentence in June for corruption has reportedly purchased form to contest for 2019 election in Nigeria.

The imprisoned former Governor of Plateau State who was convicted and jailed by an Abuja court for financial misappropriation, on Friday, allegedly purchased the Senate nomination form for re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, sources revealed

According to the senator’s kinsman, Shadrach Kopmuk, who published the photos of the purchased and filled form on Facebook, Mr Dariye is still interested in representing the good people of Plateau central in the ninth Assembly.

Kopmut posted pictures of a form purportedly filled by Dariye, which contained his personal details, as well as phone numbers of how he could be contacted.

Mr Kopmuk wrote: “Just to notify all teeming supporters of our amiable Senator Chief (Dr) Joshua C. Dariye, that the people’s senator has purchased and filled the APC nominations and declaration of interest to contest in the forthcoming APC primary election and 2019 general election to represent the good people of Plateau central in the ninth Assembly.”

However, efforts to reach the senator through his aide for confirmation were unsuccessful but other sources told ThisDay that the Senator had commenced processes for the appeal of his sentence, and might be let off the hook.

“If he hadn’t considered an appeal, his seat would have been declared vacant, but it can’t be because with the appeal, the case is yet undecided,” the source added.

According to the source, if he becomes successful, Mr Dariye might be the first Nigerian politician to contest an election from the prison.

In 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged and arraigned Dariye on a 23-count charge bothering on money laundering.

He was accused of diverting N1.126bn from Plateau Government’s ecological funds.

In June 2018, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sentenced the serving senator to 14 years in prison.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko, the presiding judge, sentenced him to two-year and 14-year jail terms to be served concurrently without an option of fine.

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