Joshua Dariye seeks re-election from behind bars

Joshua Chibi Dariye, senator representing Plateau Central in the National Assembly, who was recently convicted and jailed for financial fraud, is seeking to be reelected come 2019 as a senator.

A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gudu, Abuja in June convicted and sentenced the former governor to 14 years imprisonment for diverting public funds worth N1.126 billion.

However, while still serving his term at Kuje prison, Dariye on Friday allegedly purchased the Senate nomination form for re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), sources revealed.

Pictures of the purchased and filled form were displayed online on Sunday evening affirming that the convicted senator was ready to run for a third term in the Senate while still serving his jail term.

The senator’s kinsman, Shadrach Kopmuk, who published the photos of the form on Facebook, 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.”

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