The All Progressives Congress said on Tuesday that it would never allow an ex-convict vie for office on its platform, saying both the Nigerian law and its own constitution prohibit election of persons found guilty of criminal offences.
The disclosure effectively sealed the prospects of Joshua Dariye, a Nigerian senator from Plateau State who was recently reported to have obtained Senate nomination forms for 2019.
A copy of the form purportedly obtained by Dariye, apparently through his loyalists, has been circulating on the internet since last weekend, and later made its way into dozens of media outlets by Monday morning.
The APC remained silent on the reports since weekend, until Tuesday afternoon when its spokesperson eventually told reporters the party’s position following enquiries.
First, Yekini Nabena said he has not been able to confirm that a form was purchased for Dariye, saying perusal of a list of aspirants who have paid for forms from Plateau State turned up no information.