The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state has hailed the conviction of a former governor in the state, Joshua Dariye, describing his imprisonment as a “victory against corruption”.
Dariye was on Tuesday convicted by a High Court sitting in Abuja, after he was found guilty of 14 counts out of the 23 count preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The trial judge, Adebukola Banjoko, handed Dariye a 14-year jail term – a pronouncement that drew tears from the former governor.
Reacting to the development, the PDP welcomed the conviction of the former governor “as a landmark judgment and victory against corruption”, saying Dariye’s imprisonment will allow it to claim its ‘stolen’ mandate.
Dariye was governor of Plateau state for eight years on the platform of PDP and also won his current position into the senate through the party but dumped the party for ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) few years ago.
Obviously convinced that the former governor imprisonment will pave way for it to reclaim the senate seat, the PDP through its spokesman in Plateau state, John Akans said the time was ripe for the party to reclaim its stolen mandate from APC.
Speaking to newsmen, Akans said PDP refrained from dragging Dariye to court when he defected to APC in order to restore its seat because it was certain that the former governor can’t evade jail.
Akans said Dariye ditched PDP to seek refuge in APC from being jailed but that his attempt to evade punishment for his corrupt act proved futile.
“This is the hour we in the PDP have all been waiting for, the law has taken it course, it was a landmark judgment that has created an avenue for PDP to reclaim its stolen mandate,” Akans declared.
“We gave Dariye overwhelming vote during the 2015 Senatorial elections in the state and he won the election under the platform of PDP but he disappointed the party by jumping to the ruling APC in search of refuge following his corrupt cases in court.
“No matter how long the case will take there must be a judgment day and today is the Day of Judgment.”