There are mixed feelings in different social circles in Plateau over the news that former Governor of the State, Joshua Dariye, has regained freedom from prison, following a state pardon granted him by the National Council of State meeting on Thursday.
Although the news broke and filtered in through different news media platforms, the steady and speedy manner the news reached different groups soon created a frenzy with fears being expressed by some political analysts that his release has altered the calculations and permutations towards the 2023 general elections in Plateau State.
A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the PDP, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang, in his reaction simply said “it’s good. I’m happy for him. I’m excited about this. At last, he has got it. I believe the experience during the period the incarceration lasted will make him a great statesman.”
Another political analyst, who prefers anonymity said, “this is a good development for Plateau State as a whole. He is coming to fill a vacuum, and this means a lot for the actualisation of the Plateau Project.
It was, however, mixed feelings at the State Secretariat of the APC where some of the officials of the SWC see the development beyond the excitement of others and the implications it has for the Dariye family, as they feel more that Dariye’s presence in the State will acutely grate on the prospects of the party in the 2023 elections.
At the PDP State Secretariat, the news threw the busy environment into ecstasy, as the shout of “Head Boy” echoed in the air as it was dragged on for as much as their energy could allow them.
In the Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos, Governor Lalong was absent. Some staff who whispered around said Governor Simon Lalong, who has been in bad publicity already especially for abandoning the people of Kanam since the massacre of about 300 persons according to a PDP press release, will not be happy with the development because of its complementary implications for his fumbling government and political calculations, which are already collapsing in some cases.
A source in Bokkos local government area, Dariye’s homestead, said on telephone that as at press time, motorcycles operators and motorists were driving and singing and chanting victory and freedom songs around the town, although he could not confirm the mood of residents of Horop, Dariye’s village, saying the news was still spreading.
Dariye was jailed on June 12, 2018 by an Abuja High Court, having been found guilty of charges of corruption and money laundering brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).