Senator Joshua Dariye submits APC nomination form from prison

Senator Joshua Dariye submits APC nomination form from prison

 Senator Joshua Dariye submits APC nomination form from prison

Senetor Joshua Dariye who’s presently serving a 14-year jail time period over monetary misdeeds whereas serving as Plateau governor, has picked his All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form to contest subsequent 12 months’s election. 

“Sure, Sen. Dariye has picked a nomination form to hunt a 3rd time period. It’s true. He’s amongst these jostling for the APC ticket in Plateau Central,’’ Mr Chindo Dafat, APC Publicity Secretary in Plateau, instructed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Jos. 

Dafat stated that Dariye has stuffed the form and submitted to the occasion. “His (Dariye)’s ward secretary got here and signed the form on his behalf. It has been stuffed and his supporters are already campaigning forward of the occasion main election,’’ he stated. 

In accordance with him, Dariye will battle with three others Zakari Dimka, Sam Piwuna and Manji Pompori for the APC ticket. The occasion official stated that Dariye was “nonetheless very talked-about and related in Plateau Central regardless of his present ordeals’’, including that the previous governor “can win the first elections from the prison’’. He stated that Dariye had appealed his conviction and will have it upturned “as a result of we’re praying for him’’. 

“Apart attainable success within the attraction, we’re additionally praying for a state pardon. That’s one other chance. “Dariye is essential to our occasion, sadly, this occurred to him. It’s not that we can’t win elections with out him; we are able to win with out him, however he has completed so much and is properly beloved by his folks. “Someone could possibly be within the hospital or prison and choose a nomination from there. We now have no proper to disclaim anybody a nomination form. 

Even INEC can’t cease Dariye from contesting the 2019 elections. “There isn’t a legislation that stops him from shopping for the form. Whoever comes for the nomination form can get it. I see it as a constitutional matter. Solely the court docket can disqualify him. 

“If Dariye wins elections from prison, he won’t be the primary Nigerian to do this. Iyiola Omisore, from Osun, as soon as gained a senate seat whereas in prison,’’ Dafat identified However the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) has described the event as “surprising, unusual and embarrassing’’. “It’s surprising {that a} convict serving a 14-year jail time period can be given a nomination form to contest an election. 

That is simply ridiculous,’’ Mr Ben Shignugul, PDP Vice Chairman (Plateau Central), instructed NAN. “The nomination form has a portion which requests aspirants to state whether or not they had been as soon as convicted; I’m wondering what data Dariye supplied in that column.

“He (Dariye) is our illustrious son and we sympathise with him. We count on him to be sober and replicate on what has occurred to him, as a substitute of permitting himself to be dragged round by determined politicians,’’ he stated. 

Shignugul stated that the Plateau PDP government council, led by its chairman, Damishi Sango, not too long ago visited Dariye in Kuje prisons and prayed for him. “We nonetheless pray that he’ll serve out his 14-year jail time period and are available out in good well being. “Dariye ought to equally be praying, as a substitute of attracting pointless consideration to himself,’’ Shignugul stated. The PDP official, nonetheless, stated that the occasion was not afraid of going through Dariye, or some other APC candidate, within the 2019 common elections. 

“Dariye can’t be a menace to us as a result of folks within the zone are already fed up with him after eight years as governor and two phrases within the senate,’’ Shignugul claimed. However, part 107 sub-section 1 (d) of the Nigeria Structure 1999 as amended, states that no individual shall be certified for election if, inside a interval of lower than 10 years earlier than the date of election, he has been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty. It additionally states that anybody that has been discovered responsible of contravening the code of conduct shall not be allowed to contest election.

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