10 Aspirants Jostle for Jailed Senator Dariye’s Seat

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Following the verdict of a Federal High Court in Abuja sentencing Senator Joshua Dariye, former Plateau State governor, to 14 years imprisonment, about 10 senatorial aspirants have indicated interest to replace him as representative of Plateau Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

A fresh election is expected to take place for the replacement of Dariye in the upper chamber of the National Assembly after he was found guilty of misapplying Plateau State Ecological Fund while in office as governor.

A hot contender for the position is Nde Alexander Molwus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who came next to Dariye during the 2015 PDP senatorial primaries.

Others are former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Emmanuel Goar; former Comptroller of Immigration, Paradang; Senator Sati Gogwin; Istifanus Mwansat, and another former state speaker and former Permanent Secretary in the state civil service, Isaac Wadak.

They are all in the race on the PDP platform.

Similarly, the ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party that Dariye defected to before he was sent to jail is not left out of the race.

The APC leadership in the state under the chairmanship of Letep Dabang has been holding series of meetings with party stakeholders to pick a credible candidate who can win the PDP candidate.

INEC is expected to fix the date for fresh election after 90 days of Dariye’s vacation of his seat in the National Assembly.

Top contenders from Plateau APC are, among others, former Imo State Commissioner of Police, Hezekiah Dimka; former member, Plateau House of Assembly, Meshack Chindaba, and likely the Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Sonnie Tyoden.

When contacted, the secretary of the ruling party in the state, Sati Mohammed, as well as the PDP Spokesman, John Akans, said their political parties were ready for the fresh senatorial poll. Read More

 

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