2019: Jailed Nigerian senator, Joshua Dariye, purchases APC nomination from prison

A former governor of Plateau State and serving senator representing Plateau Central in the National Assembly, Joshua Dariye, is now allegedly seeking re-election from prison in the 2019 general election.

Mr Dariye, who was recently 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

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.