An erstwhile Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, who was recently granted presidential pardon has said he would not contest the Senate seat of Plateau Central in the 2023 election.
Dariye was released on Monday after about four years in prison. He was serving 10 years’ imprisonment for N1.126 billion fraud.
Since his release, there were news making the round that the former governor had perfected plans to defect to the Labour Party, to pick the party’s senatorial form to represent the people of the Plateau Central zone.
The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, had led a delegation from the State to visit Dariye and former Governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame, to rejoice with them over their release from prison after being granted presidential pardon.
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.
“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.”