Presidency hits Wike back over Dariye, Nyame pardon

Written by on April 21, 2022

The Presidency has faulted Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike’s criticism of the presidential pardon granted former Governors Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame last week.

The two ex-Governors are serving jail terms for corruption.

Governor Wike had described the presidential pardon extended to the former Plateau and Taraba Governors as unfortunate and unfair.

The Council of State last Thursday approved presidential pardon for 159 out of 162 serving jail terms for various reasons, among whom are the two former Governors.

Wike described the action as a drawback for the fight against corruption.


However, reacting to the Governor’s outburst, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, expressed surprise at Wike, wondering why he would condemn a decision he was meant to have been part of.

In a triple-tweet on his verified Twitter handle, the presidential spokesman revealed how the decision was presented to the Council, which includes all the 36 Governors by President Muhammadu Buhari and it was passed.

Though Wike was absent at the meeting, his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Banigo, joined virtually on behalf of the State but turned off visuals at some points.

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