The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) finds it “shocking, strange and embarrassing” that a convict serving a 14-year jail term will be given a nomination form to contest an election.

That is the story of former Plateau state governor and serving senator, Joshua Dariye, who was jailed over financial misdeeds while serving as Plateau governor.

PDP Vice Chairman (Plateau Central), Mr Ben Shignugul, said: “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.

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“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.

“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.

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.

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