The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, has visited former Plateau Governor, Sen. Joshua Dariye, urging him to continue to serve the people with dignity.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dariye was recently pardoned by the Federal Government after he was imprisoned for diversion of public funds while in office.
A statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Mary Gana, Principal Executive Officer, NCPC, said Pam visited the former governor at his residence in Jos. He said that the visit was to felicitate with him over his release from prison, and advised him not to give up, but continue to serve the people.
“We have come to celebrate your triumph over falsehood and we acknowledge that it is God who has done this great work for the people of Plateau,” he added.
According to Pam, Dariye worked so hard to build Plateau and has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the state.
The NCPC helmsman commended the former governor for standing strong in the mist of adversities and not giving up.
“Despite all the challenges you faced, God brought you out of them all, indeed, you stood, you fought and you conquered,” he added.
He prayed for God to strengthen, uphold and help him to be focused, “so that the purpose for what God has destined you will be accomplished”.
Pam thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and all those who contributed to the release of the former Plateau governor.
In his response, Dariye thanked the NCPC boss for the visit and standing by him throughout the period of his challenges.
He expressed gratitude to God, saying “through this all, God was there with me and indeed He has glorified himself.
“The Lord was my strength, the Church prayed and God himself came through for me”.
Dariye described the NCPC boss as a great man with so much humility, who also went through many persecutions.
Meanwhile, the NCPC executive secretary has received an Award of Excellence from Mupun Youth Association in Plateau.
The award was presented to him during the association’s second annual Public Lecture and Magazine Launch in Jos. He commended the association for bringing their people together to celebrate their tribe and culture.
“I am proud of what is happening here today because the people of Mupun are promoting their culture.
“Plateau has one of the richest cultures in Nigeria and I urge the Mupun to ensure that their cultural heritage is preserved.
“Let us not only preserve and promote our culture but we should also work hard to meet our needs and earn a living,” Pam said.
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command has released two former governors, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame, as well as three others from costodial centres.
The Public Relations Officer, FCT command, Mr Chukwuedo Humphrey disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
Humphrey said that the letter of their release was sent to the command by the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy Committee on Monday.
He said that the two former governors were pardoned on ill health and age grounds and were released immediately, but did not disclose the names of the three others “We have no right to hold them further as soon as we have the letter of clemency from the presidency.
“If we do, it will be against their fundamental human rights.
“They have left the facility today.
We got the warrant of release today and have done the needful.
“Dariye and Nyame were in Kuje custodial centre while the three others were in Suleja custodial centre,” he said.
NAN reports that the ex-governors were among the 159 prisoners pardoned by the Council of State during a meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on April 14. Jolly Nyame, 66, ex-governor of Taraba from 1999 to 2007, was serving a 12-year jail term at the Kuje prison over misappropriation of funds while he was in office.
Mr Joshua Dariye, 64, who governed Plateau between 1999 and 2007, was also jailed for corruption during his time as governor between 1999 and 2007..
The All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, has chosen Mr Pam Butmang as his running mate for 2023.
Butmang, the current Plateau Commissioner for Works, is the son of former Gov. Joshua Dariye’s Deputy, late Micheal Butmang.
Yilwatda said at the unveiling of Butmang on Wednesday in Jos, that he consulted widely before arriving at his choice of a running mate.
“I consulted with party officials, the leader of the party in Plateau, Gov. Simon Lalong, and all the critical stakeholders.
“We arrived at somebody we felt is energic, young, experienced and a party man, who can complement everything that I lack as a candidate.
“In the course of the consultation, we also reconciled some aggrived members of the party to ensure that we emerge victorious in the election.
“I am happy to tell you that one of those who contested for the ticket with me, Mr Bilshaka Fitka, has agreed to work for the success of the party.
“Together we will give you a secure, united and prosperous Plateau, if elected,” the governorship hopeful said.
He said that he would take responsibility for the choice of Butmang and also stick out his neck to ensure that both of them served the people to the best of their ability.
He appealed to those that sought to be selected from the northern zone, where the slot was zoned to, to understand that only one person was needed for the position.
According to him, they were eminently qualified but for the want of space.
He promised to carry them along, when elected, saying that “the table of the governor is wide enough to accommodate everyone”.
Yilwatda also called on all the party faithful to join hands with him “to ensure that APC wins the election free and square” in 2023.
In a remark, Butmang said that he accepted his nomination as the running mate to Yilwatda.
He, however, said that he is “not a co-pilot of the plane but a supporter” to the candidate.
“I guarantee 180 per cent of my loyalty to you and the party.
“I want to tell our great party faithful that I have been asked to support the candidate to win the election.
“My principal was my senior in the secondary school.
“I served him and I will not be afraid or ashamed of serving him again.
“This is the man to take us to the top.
“I implore you to support the Generation Next Movement. You will not be disappointed,” Butmang said.
The state Chairman of the party, Mr Rufus Bature, said that the delay in picking the running mate was to ensure that they did not make mistake.
Bature said that at the appropriate time, their campaign would be issue-based and not campaign of calumny.
He further said that the campaign would be done at the polling units rather than cities.