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I am not running for any election – Dariye

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By PALANG KASMI

FORMER Governor of Plateau State, Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye has disclosed that he is not nursing a political ambition.

He said it had become necessary to clear the air, based on various media reports that had claimed he is planning to run for a position in the Senate.

Dariye stated this during a visit to his Maitama home by a high powered delegation led by the State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong over his recent release from prison after being granted Presidential Pardon alongside former Governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame.

Governor, Lalong was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Mrs. Regina Lalong, National Assembly members as well as members of the State Executive Council.

Dariye expressed gratitude to God for being alive and for making his release possible by using Governor Lalong and President Buhari to grant his release.

He debunked insinuations and rumours going round that he is running for Senate, describing it as unfounded and untrue. He pointed out that he has not purchased any form.

He said “I was there and I heard that I am running for Senate and I asked where?”.

“I am not running for Senate. I am not running for any election”, he said.

He narrated his ordeal in prison and said it was a difficult moment but God saw him through and made him survive.

He advised politicians in Plateau to unite and rally round the Governor in promoting the interest of the citizens saying governance is an opportunity for those in charge to do their best and leave posterity to judge their efforts as no one can finish the business of Government in a

day.

Lalong told Governor Dariye that the entire State received the news of his release with joy because they have been praying for him since his travails and encarceration happened.

He said so much prayer and appeal was made towards the pardon granted to him. And thankfully, the President was magnanimous to grant the pardon.

The Governor while appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for giving Dariye another opportunity, said this is the time for Chief Dariye to reflect and forgive people that may have offended him as has been his practice during previous challenges.

He prayed God to continue to give him sound health even as he offers advise to the state while making available his vast knowledge for the good of the people.

Thereafter, the delegation visited the residence of former along played towards his pardon and release.

Taraba State Governor, Rev. Jolly Nyame who also expressed deep appreciation for the role that Governor Simon Lalong played towards his pardon and release.

Nyame said he was highly encouraged by the love and care shown towards him and Dariye, saying the experience of the past will be put behind so that they forge forward.

Governor Lalong while congratulating him over his freedom said the entire people of Taraba and Plateau States are excited about their release because they share historical ties that have bonded them together over many years.

While urging Rev. Nyame to also forgive anyone that might have offended him in the course of his ordeal, Lalong said the act of forgiveness brings total healing and freedom.

Prayers were offered for good health, protection and safety of the two former governors.

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