Accused of stealing N1.1 billion Plateau funds, Joshua Dariye decamps to APC

Joshua Dariye
Joshua Dariye

Former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, on Thursday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He left the Peoples Democratic Party on whose platform he was first elected governor and then elected to the National Assembly to represent Plateau Central senatorial district.

Senate President Bukola Saraki announced Mr. Dariye’s defection just before the Senate adjourned on Thursday.

Mr. Dariye is one of the former governors facing corruption charges.

He is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on charges bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.

His case with the EFCC is before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Gudu, Abuja.

He is alleged to have siphoned the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion.

In 2004, Mr. Dariye fled the United Kingdom where he was being tried for money laundering.

EFCC first filed charges against Mr. Dariye before Justice Banjoko in 2007. He pleaded not guilty and commencement of his trial was fixed for November 13 of that year.

However, before that date, Mr. Dariye filed a suit challenging the competence of the charges and the jurisdiction of the court. He argued that he ought to be tried before a Plateau State High Court and not the FCT High Court.

For 9 years, his trail was delayed until February 2015 when the Supreme Court affirmed the competence of the Abuja court to try him.

Mr. Dariye’s two telephone lines which he submitted to the National Assembly were not going through to ask why he left PDP as at the time of filing this report.

Already, Nigerians on social media have started suggesting the Senator did cross-carpet on the hope he would be helped to avoid conviction being a member of the ruling party.

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  • michro

    why won’t he detect when he knows that APC is the hiding place for criminals?

  • Genusa

    Behold I tell you corrupt nigerians, decamp ye to APC so your burden will be less, and the hammer shall not fall on thy head. Go ye now senator, for your sins are washed away and you are made whole.

  • Ronald Gowe

    Josh did what he did due to the fact that there is leadership tussle in PDP…. Those that have cross carpet from pdp to other parties since the implosion rocking the PDP has now arrived to 4 or more…….

  • Ologunguntere

    That’s the joker in the pack!

  • Kickboxer

    Lo and behold a new “saint” has been beatified to join APC “club of “saints.” Even Satan is rejoicing and shaking his/her head in the pit of hell.

  • abodes_124

    A new saint is born. He joins the ranks of the likes of Jim Nwobodo. At this rate we will have lots of saints and no convictions.

  • vagabonds in power

    The people of Plateau and Benue are worst than dogs————-moving back to their vomit—-that is–their Fulani Masters———-because of fear of being sent to jail—now he can be beatified for Sainthood by the Fulanis——ati the theives in efcc—————-animals

  • Alhaji

    That is the game. He is now as safe as Dambazoo, Buratai and Abba Kyari under Buhari’s wing

  • Alhaji

    Olisa Metuh better follow him before they make him a scapegoat. That is the change you all voted for folks.

  • North/West Allies

    Today he is a sanit in APC

  • UOU

    Saint Dariye of apc

  • “Accused of stealing N1.1 billion Plateau funds, Joshua Dariye decamps to APC”
    Case closed. Welcome to the BANANA REPUBLIC ruled by Emperor Buhari.
    Let Patience Jonathan decamp to APC to get Mugu off her back. Buhari has turned Nigeria into a joke

  • Realitytalk

    Nobody wants him in the party, even if he do, he will still be dealt with cos he is a thief and we dont want those in our society again

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  • S. A. Maigari

    The EFCC can now see the outcome of its partiality in the so-called fight against corruption. To force Mr. Magu and his boys look the other way, corrupt politicians now seek refuge in APC!

  • FreeNigeria

    APC, the den of thieves. This is the true face of Buhari wayo corruption fight.

  • alhajizakka

    sooner rather than later he will be awarded with a juicy position….we are watching!

  • Joseph Ubiagba

    It has become obvious that all former thieves that gave PDP bad name are now in APC to avoid being investigated. These same people will crash APC and PDP could be better for it.
    So, what does that suggest? EFCC IS SERVING AS POLITICAL TOOL.