By Emeka Mamah
Kaduna â€” PlateauÂ state government has described the former governor, Chief Joshua Dariye, as a drowning man trying to hold unto anything to survive.
Reacting to a recent statement credited to Dariye, the government said yesterday that it does not run â€œgovernment of exclusion,â€ as insinuated by those opposed to Governor Jonah Jang.
Dariye had told reporters in Kaduna on Thursday that Jang â€œrunsÂ an exclusiveÂ government which is the cause of the fictionalization of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.â€
But the Plateau state commissioner of information, Mr. Gregory Yenlong, dismissed Dariyeâ€™s claims and noted that, â€œwhen Dariye was granted amnesty by the National Secretariat of the PDP, he came home to plateau and join an illegal group instead of joining the mainstream PDP in the state led by Prof. Dakum Shown.
â€œThe same people, who plotted his removal from office when he was governor, are the same people he is ganging up with now, they were the same people who sent him on a state of emergency, they were the same people who sent him to exile from Plateau state.
â€œHas he resolved those issues with them?Â They have now become his friends.
I do not want to call names but he knows them. â€œDariye has no moral justification to accuse Jang of exclusive government. Jang has initiated many projects that are ongoing even in Dariyeâ€™s Mushere ward in Bokkos local government area.
â€œIf there is anybody who ran an exclusive government, it was Dariye.
When he was governor, he concentrated all appointments in his own village. Jang has spread all appointments and projects across the state.
â€œJang is paying Dariyeâ€™s gratuity, he is not the kind of governor who will loot public funds.
The money of the people of Plateau state is meant for developing the state, what did he mean by exclusive government. Jang is doing his best to correct the mess Dariye left.â€