Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong yesterday received a former governor of the state, Senator Joshua Dariye at the government house, Rayfield Jos to mark his first visit to the state since his release from prison following the state pardon granted to him and others by President Muhammadu Buhari.
On his arrival, he paid a similar courtesy call on the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Majesty Da Jecob Gyang Buba, before proceeding to Langfield Resort, venue of the reception organised by the Labour Party (LP) for him and his entourage.
However, members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) shunned the reception and were also not close at the airport or at the venue of the reception.
The APC chairman, members of the state House of Assembly, party candidates for the 2023 general election and political office holders were however at the Rwang Pam Township Hall to unveil the director-general of Nantawe/Botmang campaign organisation.
While receiving Dariye on behalf of Lalong, the secretary to the state government (SSG) Prof Danladi Abok Atu said he was standing in for the governor and the people of the state to receive Dariye who he said has passed through a phase in life, only the strong hearted can endure.
Lalong thanked God for the safe return of Dariye and also appreciated God for the life of his family, particularly his wife who had to endure his absence while he was incarcerated.
He appreciated the former first lady for being a pillar not just to her husband but to the state, by serving as a member of the governing council of the Plateau State University, Bokkos a task which she has not failed in carrying out even with the emotions of her husband’s absence.
Dariye in his remarks appreciated God, the governor, government and the people of Plateau State for their prayers and support to him while he was away in incarceration.
Sen Dariye said visiting the state after a long time away, he was impressed by the development currently experienced in the state and charged the governor to ensure the completion of projects initiated by his administration, while calling on citizens of the state to unite for the growth and development of the state.