I don’t have Senatorial ambition – Dariye

By Tunde Joshua

Former Governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye, has said that contesting senatorial election in 2023 is not up his sleeves.

He denied plans to vie for Plateau Central senatorial district seat in the next election on the platform of the Labour Party.

Dariye was recently released from prison three months after being granted pardon by the National Council of State. He was until last Monday serving 10 years’ imprisonment for N1.126 billion fraud.

He denied the ambition while playing host to the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, who led a delegation from the State to visit him and former Governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame.

A statement issued on Friday by Lalong’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut, after the visit read in part, “He (Daiye) narrated his ordeal in prison and said it was a difficult moment but God saw him through and made him survive.

“Dariye also debunked the rumour that he was running for Senate, describing it as unfounded and untrue as he has not bought form or done anything to that effect. Related News

“He advised politicians in Plateau to unite and rally around the Governor in promoting the interest of the citizens, saying governance is an opportunity for those in charge to do their best and leave posterity to judge their efforts as no one can finish the business of Government in a day.”

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The statement noted that Lalong, who was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Mrs Regina, National Assembly Members as well as Members of the State Executive Council, also visited Nyame’s residence.

The statement partly read, “Lalong told Governor Dariye that the entire State received the news of his release with joy because they had been praying for him since his travails and incarceration happened.

“He said so much prayer and appeal was made towards the pardon granted to him, and thankfully, the President was magnanimous to accept to grant the pardon.

“The Governor, while appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for giving Dariye another opportunity, said this is the time for Chief Dariye to reflect and forgive people that may have offended him, as has been his practice during previous challenges.

“He prayed to God to continue to give him sound health even as he offers to advise to the State while making available his vast knowledge for the good of the people.”

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