- Plateau APC has backed former governor Dariye's decison to contest at primaries
- It said the Dariye's case won't be an exception
- It cited former Osun deputy governor, Iyiola Omisore's murder case as a precedence
Following the ripples of controversy generated by the alleged purchase of senatorial nomination form and expression of interest by Senator Joshua Dariye, a former Plateau governor currently serving a 16-year jail term, the Plateau state All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed the senator's decision, adding that he isn't the first to do so.
Premium Times reports that Bashir Sati, the state secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), has confirmed that the convict actually purchased the form and is expected to submit before the deadline given by the party.
When pressed further, Bashir said Dariye's action was inspired by the political precedence, referring to how former deputy governor of Osun state, Iyiola Omisore, won a senatorial election while serving in jail on charges of murder.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how Dariye was sentenced by justice Adebukola Banjoko of Abuja Federal High Court on the charges boarding on corruption. He was alleged of siphoning N1.162 billion state ecological founds while a governor between 1999 to 2007.
Bahir said: "The true position here is that, senator Dariye has bought the form and I have every course to believe that he has bought the form. Dariye is not the only person that was behind the bar and purchased electoral form to seek elective position."
"I could remember vividly well that Omisore, was in prison, contested and won senatorial election. I don’t see Dariye’s case as an exceptional one. He has purchased the form and will submit it on Thursday"
Commenting on Dariye's senatorial interest in regards to his name in the book of law, the national secretary of APC, Nabena Yekini, has said his party would not allow individuals serving in prison to contest.
"Both Nigerian law and APC law prohibited election of person found guilty of criminal offences. Somebody who has been convicted does not has right to contest on our platform. I have gone to the list of Plateau state. I did not see his name but if somebody has managed to collect the form for him, he will be screened out."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Dariye who was representing Plateau Central at the Senate on Thursday, September 22, dumped his former political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dariye official defection was contained in a letter he submitted to the Senate and was read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the close of today’s plenary.
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