- The All Progressives Congress has spoken on an alleged purchase of its nomination and expression of interest forms by former Plateau state governor, Joshua Dariye
- Dariye's supporter, Shadrack Kopmut, was said to have shared some photos of purported nomination and expressions of interest forms, purchased by the former governor
- The party said it would never allow any former convict to seek for office on its platform
Barely 24 hours after Senator Joshua Dariye who is serving a 14 year jail term allegedly bought his nomination and expression of interest forms to run for the Plateau central senatorial district seat, the APC spoke on its stance on the purchase of form.
Premium Times reports that the party on Tuesday, September 11, declared that it would never allow any former convict to seek for office on its platform saying both the Nigerian law and its own constitution prohibit election of persons found guilty of criminal offences.
The party national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said he has not been able to confirm that a form was purchased for Dariye, saying perusal of a list of aspirants who have paid for forms from Plateau state turned up no information.
Nabena said: “I have gone to the list for Plateau state, I did not see his name. There is no way he can contest on our platform. Somebody who has been convicted does not have a right to contest on our platform.”
Nabena further explained that if somebody has managed to collect the form for him, he will be screen out adding that had been in touched with the party’s legal department on the matter.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that unconfirmed reports have it that Senator Joshua Dariye who is serving a 14 year jail term allegedly bought his nomination and expression of interest forms to run for the Plateau central senatorial district seat on the platform APC.
A supporter of the former Plateau state governor, Shadrack Kopmut, in a Facebook post on Saturday, September 8, shared photos of Dariye’s purported nomination and expressions of interest forms, which had already been filled.
“Just to notify all teaming supporters of our amiable senator Chief Dr Joshua C. Dariye, that the people’s senator has purchase & filled the APC nominations & declaration of interest to contest in the forthcoming APC primary election & 2019 general election to represent the good people of plateau central in the ninth assembly,” he wrote.
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