Former Governor of Plateau state and senator Joshua Dariye has purchased nomination form from prison for his reelection.
During his time as governor, he was arrested along in London, England on 20 January 2004, with large sums of money. Serving governors have immunity from criminal prosecution and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), an agency of the current administration established to check corrupt practices is waiting for 2007 to charge him to court for money laundering. He is accused of stealing about $9m of public funds and of money laundering.
In early October 2006, eight of the twenty-four state assembly members issued an impeachment notice against Dariye. In his defence, he stated that the notice was invalid as the eight did not form a quorum of the assembly. A crowd of Dariye’s supporters tried to prevent the assembly members from entering the state assembly building. Riot police then fired into the crowd, killing two protestors.
Dariye was impeached on November 13, 2006. His deputy, Michael Botmang, became the new governor. On March 10, 2007, after a Court of Appeals ordered Dariye reinstated as governor, the Plateau State Government announced its intention to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Following his reinstatement, Dariye’s term of office as Governor of Plateau State concluded on 29 May 2007.
In April 2011, Dariye was elected Senator for Plateau Central on the Labour Party platform. He received 189,140 votes, defeating Dawuda Gowon of the PDP, younger brother of former head of state Yakubu Gowon, who received 160,106 votes.
On March 28th, 2015, he was re-elected as senator representing Plateau central senatorial district after polling 189,150 votes
Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in 2007, preferred 23 counts of money laundering involving alleged diversion of about N1.126billion Plateau State Government’s ecological funds against Dariye.[
The charges were filed before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abujas against Dariye. He pleaded not guilty to the charges following which the trial judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, fixed November 13, 2007 for the commencement of trial.
But before that date, Dariye filed an application, 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.
On December 13, 2007, the trial judge heard and dismissed Dariye’s application for lacking in merit. Dariye appealed against the ruling of the court. But the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of Justice Banjoko. Dariye subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court.
But the apex court, on February 27, 2015 dismissed Dariye’s appeal and ordered him to submit himself for trial.
Following the Supreme Court’s judgment delivered on 27 February 2015, the former Plateau State Governor’s trial resumed after about nine years of delay on 26 January 2016. The EFCC called its first prosecution witness, Musa Sunday, who is a detective with the anti-graft agency and who was involved in the investigation of Dariye for the alleged crime. Sunday, during his testimony before Justice Banjoko gave a breakdown of his team’s report of investigation revealing how the ecological funds obtained by Dariye, as then governor of Plateau State, was allegedly diverted.
The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday 12th June, 2018 sentenced Dariye to 14 years’ imprisonment on the charges of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of funds (1.6 billion naira) while he was the Governor of Plateau state.[
Dariye’s is married to Valentina and together they have four children namely Nanle, Joy, Ebenezer and Ruth.