Dariye, from prison, throws support behind Buhari, Lalong

Dariye, from prison, throws support behind Buhari, Lalong

- Former Plateau governor Joshua Dariye, who is currently in prison, has announced his support for President Buhari and Governor Simon Lalong

- The former governor urged voters to give both Governor Lalong and President Buhari another term in office

- Dariye's message was conveyed to the party members by Plateau APC chairman, Dabang Letep

As politicians intensify their campaigns ahead of the forthcoming general elections, former Plateau governor Joshua Dariye has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for a second tenure.

Dariye, whose message was conveyed on Monday in Shendam, at the flag-off of the APC campaign in the southern senatorial zone, also urged the voters to give Gov. Simon Lalong a second term.

Plateau APC chairman Dabang Letep, who conveyed Dariye’s message, quoted the former governor, who is currently serving a 14-year prison term for mismanaging funds while in office, as saying that the duo had done much and deserved fresh tenures.

Letep further quoted Dariye, who is a member of the state’s APC campaign council, as asking Plateau people to vote the APC in all the elections coming up February 16 and March 2, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

In his speech, Lalong charged his campaign team and supporters to focus on issues and avoid mudslinging.

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“We must focus on issues; we must be peaceful. We must put the common interest above every other consideration," he said. Lalong also urged the people to “avoid any from of acrimony”.

"We must be peaceful as we solicit for votes. We must be orderly in our conduct,” he said.

He said that the government had recorded “some modest achievements in the last three and half years that will earn us a second term”.

Lalong urged Plateau people to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential polls, to give him four more years to serve the country.

Pam Dung Gyang, director general, Lalong campaign organisation, in his remarks, thanked the people for the massive show of solidarity, and expressed the hope that the APC would win the polls.

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Prince Miaphen, APC youth leader, in his address, assured the governor that the southern senatorial district would for the APC in all elections.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, November 16, 2018, reduced Dariye's 14-year term of imprisonment to 10.

He was charged for criminal breach of trust and criminal appropriation of the state’s funds running to over N2 billion.

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