Some APC, PDP, ADC Leaders React To Ex-Gov. Dariye’s Imprisonment
Some political and religious leaders in Plateau State have reacted to Tuesday’s sentencing of the state’s former governor, Joshua Dariye. If you missed that story, READ HERE.
The ruling which came about two weeks after former Gov. Jolly Nyame of Taraba was also handed a similar sentence for corruption has since generated mixed reactions.
The Plateau state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Damishi Sango, in his reaction said that nobody should rejoice that the former governor has been jailed.
“For me, nobody should jubilate because Joshua Dariye is sent to prison, rather it is a time of tribulations for us all as Plateau people, we should pray with him, encourage him to be steadfast, and console with his family,” he said.
“Though he left PDP for APC, he is still a citizen of Plateau state who has contributed to the development of Plateau state; but his prosecution should serve as a lesson to others who are governing us now.”
The state chairman Action Democratic Party, ADP, Nanyah Daman, on his part believes the court did the right thing.
“Our position (ADP) is that the law has done what is right, because the jail term was pronounced by a court of competent jurisdiction. Remember, the case between Dariye and EFCC has lingered for 11 years, so nobody can dispute what the court has done, what is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong, no matter who is doing it.”
While the state publicity secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chindo Dafat, appealed for calm from those aggrieved by the judgement.
“Mine is an appeal to his (Dariye) supporters, particularly those who are looking up to him in the political arena, to remain calm, as the imprisonment is part of life, may be God destined him to be in prison to accomplish his purpose,” he said.
“As a member of the ruling APC, we will miss him because he is a party man with a lot of wisdom and a great financial contributor to the development of our party, though we (APC) do not support corruption.”
“What has happened to the former governor and senator should serve as a big lesson to all those in power, and it should be on record that the Buhari-led administration is out to salvage Nigeria from corrupt politicians who do not meant well for the electorates.”
The APC spokesman said,
“If a court can jail an APC party stalwart which is the ruling party, both here in the state and at the national, that means no one will be spared, if found wanting. And I want to state here that the ongoing fight against corruption is not witch-hunt as it is been insinuated by some individuals.”
“Therefore, no body should use APC as a hiding place to escape justice, because the federal government’s crusade against corruption is total, and whoever is found wanting shall face the wrath of the law,” the APC leader said.
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