BEVERLY HILLS September 12, (THEWILL) – The All Progressives Congres (APC) has stated that it would never allow an ex-convict vie for office on its platform as both the Nigerian law and its own constitution prohibits election of persons found guilty of criminal offences.
This was disclosed by Yekini Nabena, spokesman of the party, in reaction to reports that Joshua Dariye, a senator from Plateau State who was recently convicted of corruption and reported to have obtained Senate nomination forms for 2019 from jail.
Dariye was Plateau State governor from 1999 to 2007 and was elected to the Senate from Plateau Central Senatorial District first in 2011 as a member of the Labour Party. He retained the seat in 2015 as a member of the APC.
THEWILL recalls that Dariye has been in prison since he was convicted on July 12 as he was found guilty of 15 counts of fraud and breach of trust by the Gudu Division of the Federal Capital Territory High Court.
He was subsequently transported to prisons in Kuje, a suburb south-east of Abuja city centre, but a copy of the APC nomination form he purportedly obtained, apparently through his loyalists, has been circulating online.
Reacting, the APC spokesperson said he has not been able to confirm that a form was purchased for Dariye, saying perusal of a list of aspirants who have paid for forms from Plateau State turned up no information.
“I have gone to the list for Plateau State, I did not see his name but if somebody has managed to collect the form for him, he will be screen out. There is no way he can contest on our platform,” he stated.
“Somebody who has been convicted does not have a right to contest on our platform.”