Nigeria News [News] Senator Joshua Dariye submits APC nomination form from prison Published 2 months ago on September 18, 2018 By Fresh 9ja Senator Joshua Dariye who is currently serving a 14-year jail term over financial misdeeds while serving as Plateau governor, has picked his All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form to contest next year’s election. “Yes, Sen. Dariye has picked a nomination form to seek a third term. It is true. He is among those jostling for the APC ticket in Plateau Central,’’ Mr Chindo Dafat, APC Publicity Secretary in Plateau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Jos. Dafat said that Dariye has filled the form and submitted to the party. “His (Dariye)’s ward secretary came and signed the form on his behalf. It has been filled and his supporters are already campaigning ahead of the party primary election,’’ he said. According to him, Dariye will battle with three others Zakari Dimka, Sam Piwuna and Manji Pompori for the APC ticket. The party official said that Dariye was “still very popular and relevant in Plateau Central in spite of his current ordeals’’, adding that the former governor “can win the primary elections from the prison’’. He said that Dariye had appealed his conviction and could have it upturned “because we are praying for him’’. TRENDING: [News] Oyo State government denies authorizing demolition of singer, Yinka Ayefele's N800m music house “Aside possible success in the appeal, we are also praying for a state pardon. That is another possibility. “Dariye is very important to our party, unfortunately, this happened to him. It is not that we cannot win elections without him; we can win without him, but he has done a lot and is well loved by his people. “Somebody could be in the hospital or prison and pick a nomination from there. We have no right to deny anyone a nomination form. Even INEC cannot stop Dariye from contesting the 2019 elections. “There is no law that stops him from buying the form. Whoever comes for the nomination form can get it. I see it as a constitutional matter. Only the court can disqualify him. “If Dariye wins elections from prison, he will not be the first Nigerian to do that. Iyiola Omisore, from Osun, once won a senate seat while in prison,’’ Dafat pointed out But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the development as “shocking, strange and embarrassing’’. “It is shocking that a convict serving a 14-year jail term will be given a nomination form to contest an election. TRENDING: [News] Governor Fayose's daughter Tomi weds her fiancé, Arewa Odunlade in an intimate indoor ceremony (photos) This is just ridiculous,’’ Mr Ben Shignugul, PDP Vice Chairman (Plateau Central), told NAN. “The nomination form has a portion which requests aspirants to state whether they were once convicted; I wonder what information Dariye provided in that column. “He (Dariye) is our illustrious son and we sympathise with him. We expect him to be sober and reflect on what has happened to him, instead of allowing himself to be dragged around by desperate politicians,’’ he said. Shignugul said that the Plateau PDP executive council, led by its chairman, Damishi Sango, recently visited Dariye in Kuje prisons and prayed for him. “We still pray that he will serve out his 14-year jail term and come out in good health. “Dariye should equally be praying, instead of attracting unnecessary attention to himself,’’ Shignugul said. The PDP official, however, said that the party was not afraid of facing Dariye, or any other APC candidate, in the 2019 general elections. TRENDING: [News] President Buhari appears slow on some issues, because he doesn't want to be unjust to anyone' - Femi Adesina “Dariye cannot be a threat to us because people in the zone are already fed up with him after eight years as governor and two terms in the senate,’’ Shignugul claimed. But, section 107 sub-section 1 (d) of the Nigeria Constitution 1999 as amended, states that no person shall be qualified for election if, within a period of less than 10 years before the date of election, he has been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty. It also states that anyone that has been found guilty of contravening the code of conduct shall not be allowed to contest election. Post Views: 1,101 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics: Up Next [News] APC Campaign Finale: President Buhari Arrives Osogbo, Osun State (Photos) Don't Miss [News] ”We have moved 10m Nigerians out of poverty”- Fresh 9ja You may like Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Trending Nigerian Music13 hours ago FRESH MUSIC: ArtimGee – WHY?