Former Plateau State Governor and serving Senator Joshua Dariye has appealed the judgment of the FCT High Court in Gudu which sentenced him to 14 years in jail for money laundering.

Sources close to the Senator told MKB that the appeal was filed on Friday after series of consultations.

MKB had earlier that Thursday reported that the Senator was considering an appeal.

Dariye is said to have appealed the sentence not the judgment which found him guilty of the charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He is said to be seeking a relaxation of the punishment on health grounds.

Dariye had on the day of the judgment pleaded for "mercy" given the congestion in Nigerian prisons.

The court which sentenced former Taraba state Governor, Joli Nyame to 28 years in jail declined the request and slammed him the 14 years sentence without an option of fine.

The ruling of the Gudu court sparked reactions across Nigeria's Middle Belt region, especially his home State, Plateau.

Many described the ruling as unfortunate given the ex governor's influence in Plateau politics.

While some, especially his former political party, PDP under which he served as Governor when the crime was committed see it as victory for justice, others including top ranking religious leaders view it as setback for the Central region.

Dariye's trial is however believed to be fueled by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, under whom he was slammed a State of Emergency and illegally impeached.

Standing behind him in the appealed case however, are top Northern Traditional rulers, MKB learns.

Details of the appeal have not been released but MKB reliably learns that hearing into the application might commence next week in an unknown court of appeal in Abuja.