Former Plateau Governor and serving Senator Joshua Dariye is likely to appeal the judgment of the Abuja court which sentenced him to 14 years in jail.

An Aide to the Senator told MKB yesterday that consultations are on to determine the possibility of the appeal.

The source who preferred anonymity said Dariye was pained by the judgment but is however in high spirits.

The source believes Dariye was betrayed by some of his trusted attorneys to have lost the case.

While all fingers seem to be pointing towards his old time attorney, Garba Pwul who pulled out of the case last year, Paul, the first Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Plateau State has expressed sadness over the ruling.

In a ThisDay report, the Jos-based legal practitioner described the sentence as a great loss to the people of Plateau Central senatorial district and the entire state.

Jailing Dariye, according to Pwul, means Plateau central has lost its seat in the National Assembly, and the entire state being incarcerated and cut off from the federal and political representation at the National Assembly.

He said: “It’s a minus to us here on the Plateau, especially at this crucial period that the country would soon go to the polls to elect its leaders at all levels.”

Also speaking in the same report by ThisDay, an elder statesman and politician in the state, Chief John Mankilik, described the sentence of Dariye as “very unfortunate and sad.”

Mankilik appealed to the federal government to temper justice with mercy even though the judgment has been passed already, considering the contributions the former governor has made politically in the country.

Former Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area, Mr. Caleb Mutfwang, also said in the report: “I felt very sad when I got the news of Dariye sentence.

“It’s a sad thing for Plateau State; it’s ending so badly for a man of great promise.”

Mutfwang said though he does not support corruption, the 14 years jail term was too hard for a man of his calibre giving his contribution to the polity of Nigeria.

The Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Plateau State, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, has also described the jailing of Former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye as unfortunate, given his "generosity" which endeared him to many, while calling for caution in the use of public funds by those in office.

Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi of the Jos Anglican Communion has also called for caution among Plateau people in responding to the Dariye judgment.

Kwashi on his Facebook timeline said Plateau people should learn to bury their differences and stand for their collective interests.

"No fallen soldier has ever been left to himself in the battlefield," he said, calling for Plateau people to see Dariye's trial as their collective trial.

Sen. Dariye was sentenced to 14 years in jail for misappropriating N1.16bn ecological funds during his time as Governor of Plateau State.