The Plateau State Government has reacted to the court judgment which sentenced former Governor, Joshua Dariye to 14 years in imprisonment.
Dariye was sentenced to 14 years in prison by the FCT High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja had on Tuesday, for misappropriating N1.1billion state’s fund.
Mark Longyen, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Simon Lalong on media, said the conviction had proven that the Federal Government was committed to fighting corruption across political divide.
He said the action would go a long way in disabusing the minds of the opposition parties that government was shielding members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in its fight against corruption.
He, however, said that Dariye is still left with the option of appeal adding:“ Who knows, the verdict might be overturned by the Court of Appeal.’’
According to SSA, the situation if not overturned by the appeal court would lead to new political permutations in Plateau Central Senatorial District.
“Dariye is not a small political fish, he is very big one particularly in his central senatorial district,” he added.