The former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye has been appointed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a member of the high powered campaign council for the re-election campaign of the State governor, Simon Lalong.

Dariye is currently serving a jail term at the Kuje prison over graft.

He was in June 2018, sentenced to 14 years in prison by an Abuja high court for stealing Plateau funds while in office. The court of appeal in Abuja subsequently reduced the jail term to 10 years.

Dariye, representing Plateau central in the Senate, was jailed after being found guilty of diverting N1.7 billion state ecological funds when he was governor between 1999 and 2007.

Dariye's appointment was announced by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati.

It is not clear how Dariye, who is in jail, is expected to campaign for the re-election of Lalong ahead of the March 2 governorship polls.

Despite his conviction, the former governor is still influential in the Plateau State politics, especially in the central senatorial district.

The campaign council has Governor Lalong as chairman, while the Deputy Governor, Sonni Tyoden, is to serve as the deputy chairman.

The 49-member council also comprises former deputy governor of Plateau State Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung; Plateau State APC Chairman, Letep Dabang and Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Joshua Madaki.

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