More reactions have continued to trail the defection of Senator Joshua Dariye of the PDP to the ruling APC, as a PDP Chieftain in Plateau State, Chief Alexander Mwolwus on Saturday described his decamping to APC as a “sham” and an attempt to escape prosecution by anti-graft agencies.
It would be recalled that Senator Dariye had on Thursday, on the floor of the Senate announced his defection to APC on the excuse that PDP, which brought him to the Senate is now in crises and divided along factional lines.
However, Mwolwus, a former Special Adviser to former Governor Jonah Jang on Political Affairs, in a chat with journalists in Jos, 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 prior to the 2015 polls, but lost to Dariye, “He is only looking for a soft landing and an 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 rot, because they claim to be fighting corruption, ’’ he stated.
“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 lamented.
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 Plateau Central Zone which Dariye represent, had been the most formidable force in the politics of Plateau, “but he has disappointed them.”
“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,” he stressed.
“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,” he said.