By; Buhari B. Bello, Jos.
A Poeples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain in Plateau, Chief Alexander Mwolwus has described Senator Joshua Dariye’s Thursday’s defecting to All Progressive Congress (APC) as sham and attempt to escape prosecution by anti-graft agencies.
Dariye had on Thursday, on the floor of senate announced his decamping to APC on the excuse that PDP, which brought him to the Senate is in crises and factionalised.
But Mwolwus, a former Special Adviser (SA) to Former Governor Jonah Jang on Political Affairs, in a chat with journalists in Jos on Friday, described Dariye’s excuse as “flimsy and out of tune with realities. ’’
According to Mwolwus, who had contested for the senate seat at the Party’s primaries last year but lost to Dariye, “he is only looking for a soft landing and escape from the anti-graft agencies, which are investigating and prosecuting him.’’
“The public is aware that Dariye, who is our former Governor under the platform of PDP, is facing trial for some of his activities while as Governor of Plateau from 1999-2007.
“But the unfortunate thing is that, this action can not save him; APC will not, by his decamp forgive him all the rots because they claimed to be fighting corruption, ’’ he stated.
Mwolwus lamented, “I am sad and worried for him (Dariye) especially his political career; I could sense that he is descending politically by that wrong action he took.’’
He further described Dariye’s action as very shocking and surprising to the people of his constituency, Plateau Central Zone and the entire people of Plateau.
The PDP Chieftain argued that the constituency (central zone) had been the most formidable force in the politics of Plateau, “but he has disappointed it.’’
“Nobody that had ruled Plateau would behave the way Dariye had done; jumping from ACN to LP to PDP and now to APC, which I am sure, will definitely think twice about him.
“You must have a genuine reason to leave a party. As for us in PDP here on the Plateau, we are a family without any problem within and among us.’’