Looters’ List: Dokpesi Writes Lai Mohammed, Demands Apology, N500m

The founder of Daar Communications, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, has written a pre-litigation letter to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for including his name on the list of alleged looters which Mohammed recently released to the public.

In the pre-litigation dated April 4, 2018, Dokpesi, through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said Mohammed defamed him by stating on the list that he (Dokpesi) looted N2.1bn.

Ozekhome contended that contrary to Mohammed’s “derogatory, disparaging, mendacious and unrestrained defamatory statement as published in various print, electronic and online media platforms, our client (Dokpesi) has never been associated with looting of public treasury.”

Ozekhome said Dokpesi had denied the “trumped-up charges” which the Federal Government filed against him.

He said Mohammed had with his “brazen defamatory statements clearly rubbished the hard-earned reputation of our client,” adding that Dokpesi had been bombarded with phone calls, mails and visits by his friends and well-wishers since Mohammed released the looters’ list.

He said, “Our client has suffered severe odium, opprobrium, ridicule, psychological trauma, untold embarrassment and countless business loses consequent upon your reckless publication, which has put him in a bad light before reasonable members of the society.”

He, therefore, demanded an apology to be published in four national dailies – The PUNCH, ThisDay, The Nation and the The Sun Newspapers.

He also demanded payment of N500m to redress “the incalculable damage done to our client’s hard-earned image and reputation.”
Ozekhome said if Mohammed failed to meet his client’s demands, he would head for court, stressing that “a stitch in time saves nine.”

Dokpesi, Adeniran Reject Outcome Of PDP Convention

The Peoples Democratic Party national convention has ended but the project which was fraught with crisis, controversies, internal squabbles and dramatic withdrawals by party big wigs has ended on the same controversial note despite the emergence of a winner.

Two Chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Prof. Tunde Adeniran have rejected the outcome of the party’s national convention in different media interviews even before results were announced.

Dokpesi said he rejected the elections following alleged distribution of a so-called unity list to delegates, describing it as a charade that may destroy the party.

Similarly, Taiwo Akeju, Director, Media and Publicity of the Adeniran Campaign, called for the cancellation of the entire exercise.

He also called on the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party to takeover the affairs of the party until proper election would be conducted, since the National Caretaker Committee has been dissolved.

Adeniran accused Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti of being the masterminds of the unity list distributed to the delegates.

“We reject the entire electoral process. The election has been grossly compromised to achieve a predetermined end.

He said “The illegal unity list is prepared by governors Wike and Ayodele Fayose to foist on the entire delegates”.

PDP Chairmanship: Dokpesi Says He Will Not Step Down For Any Aspirant

Chairmanship aspirant in the Saturday national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi has said that he is not considering stepping down for any other aspirant.

Dokpesi made this clarification through a statement from his Director of Campaign Organisation, Mr Idea Eguabor on Thursday in Abuja.

Eguabor who said it is important to put issue in right perspective following some speculations that Dokpesi had succumbed to political pressure and agreed to drop out of the race.

“Nothing can indeed be further from the truth. Chief Dokpesi is not only a front runner but remains the aspirant to beat at the convention grounds on Saturday.

“We urge teeming members and party delegates to disregard and ignore such cheap and diversionary antics aimed at causing ill wind in the PDP.

“Chief Dokpesi will not step down and those who wish so are advised to redirect their energies to campaigns that will benefit their aspirants rather than dissipate positive energy in negative direction.

“The national convention is the first effort by the PDP since inception at entrenching an internal democractic process that will lead deepen our democracy.

“Let him who is running behind in this race remain behind or run faster than the man in front. The impunity and imposition of the past has long gone out of fashion,” he said.

Eguabor said that the delegates would decide every contestant’s faith.

“We should all agree to abide and accept by the convention decision. Only the process must be free, fair and credible,” Eguabor added. (NAN)

Daar Communications Posts N3bn Loss

Daar Communications Plc has reported a loss before tax of N3bn for 2016 full year to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday.

This is against the N1.48bn loss before tax posted in the same time frame in 2016. It also contrasts a revenue of N3.73bn compared to N7.09bn in 2016, showing over 50% drop.

DAAR Communications Plc. was formerly an independent privately owned broadcasting organization founded by PDP stalwart, Raymond Dokpesi in 1998. It was converted into a public liability company in 2007. It pioneered Africa Independent Television (AIT), Ray power 100.5 FM Abuja, Raypower 100.5 FM and Faaji FM, a radio station that broadcasts in the local language.

The stations have been dogged with lawsuits as a fall-out of the 2015 General Elections campaign, with memebers of the formemr oppositon party (now ruling party) filing suits against the company for defamatory broadcasts, including the controversial ‘Lion of Bourdillion’. AIT has since apologised for showing the documentary.

Dokpesi has recently been more active in the politics and operations of his party, contesting but missing out on becoming th Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party.

PDP Will Split If Chairman Is Imposed – Dokpesi

One of the aspirants for the office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Raymond Dokpesi, on Thursday said the party will break up if its governors impose a new leader on the party.

He also said the party is in crisis because its leaders started moving away from the ideals of its founding fathers.

Dokpesi, who made the submissions at a briefing in Abuja, asked PDP governors to break away from past culture of impunity. He said: “I want us to just hope and pray that the governors who spoke out very clearly said after the Ali Modu -Sheriff episode, they had learnt their lessons and they will allow the party to take or make its own decision.

“And I verily believe them even when I have seen some departure from that. I have seen some departure from that and I am not naive to believe that I should take their words hook line and sinker as it will appear but I want to hope that Nigerians are watching.

“There is nobody that owns PDP, it belongs to everybody. The consequence of not allowing internal democracy to prevail in the PDP is the fact that the party will break, the party will disappear into oblivion.

“So, if the PDP does not reform now, it will not survive the current crisis and that aside, let me state very clearly that I do not belong to any faction.

“I am not even aware of any faction of the PDP. I know that there is a central PDP, I know that there were disagreements over the processes of selecting an acting chairman of the party and I am aware of the fact that prior to the main convention, a good majority of the party members believed that once the NEC had approved that the presidency should go to the north, a memorandum will be presented to the convention that the presidency should go to the north and that by PDP tradition, the chairmanship should go to the south and you cannot change this.

“It is part of impunity that a group of persons get up and say we want to change because I believe it is not their personal property. If you are able to market it across and members of the party agree and say yes, that is fine. This issue is about communicating with every member of the party and respecting their views not a group of persons coming together and thinking that once they have decided, that should be final.

Dokpesi traced the crisis in PDP to when it started disconnecting from the electorate. He added: “They started disconnecting from the electorate. They started moving away from the ideals that brought about the formation of the party. Impunity had set in, there were impositions of candidates, and internal democracy was not available.

“It became very glaring that simple zoning principles within the party were abandoned and quite a lot of the manifestoes of the party and set objectives, service to humanity and improvement among others were in the process of jeopardy.

“So they started offending each other in the party. We started stepping on each other’s toes. Those that were not happy decided to move out of the party, those that were able to manage, managed under a lot of pains, and so on”, Dokpesi explained.

N2.1bn Fraud Suspect, Raymond Dokpesi Lobbies To Become PDP Chairman

The founder of Daar Communications, accused of corruptly receiving N2.1 billion from #Dasukigate, took his lobby to become national chairman of Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP, to Ogun State.
Raymond Dokpesi and his team arrived Conference Hotel, Sagamu at about 8.00 p.m. on Friday to seek the support of a former Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel.

At the hotel, Mr. Dokpesi sought Mr. Daniel’s support to secure the votes of the Ogun State delegates at the upcoming Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, convention.

Speaking after Mr. Daniel treated him and his team to a dinner, Mr. Dokpesi said the visit was to ask for his host’s support in view of his influence in the Ogun PDP.
The founder of Nigeria’s first private radio station said he and Mr. Daniel enjoyed a friendship that has existed for over 40 years.

‘We shall rebuild the party together,” he told his host. “I am at home in Ogun State. We have been friends for over 40 years and I believe when the time comes I will have the best votes from Ogun State.”
The aspirant said he was convinced Mr. Daniel would not run against him for the position of National Chairman as being insinuated.
The PDP, led by Ahmed Makarfi, has zoned the chairmanship position to Southern Nigeria, meaning both Mr. Dokpesi (Edo State) and Mr. Daniel (Ogun State) are eligible.

A possible hindrance to Mr. Dokpesi’s ambition, however, could be his corruption trial.

Mr. Dokpesi is currently facing a six-count charge of money laundering at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Before his prosecution, he was arrested and detained for weeks by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the embattled ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, prior to the 2015 general elections. The money is believed to be part of the mismanaged billion dollar funds earmarked to purchase weapons for the military, in a scandal now known as #Dasukigate.

Mr. Dopkesi has however denied any wrongdoing. Upon his arraignment, the politician was granted bail by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court for N200 million and two sureties.

Shortly after he regained freedom, Mr. Dokpesi disclosed his intention to run for the PDP national chairmanship seat and promised to roll out strategic programmes that would restore the party to its glorious days.
He said he would formally unveil his 10-point programme at the August 17 National convention in Port-Harcourt.
On Friday, Mr. Dokpesi’s host, Mr. Daniel, said he was ready to support the revival of the party.
Without making any commitment of support, Mr. Daniel wished his guest luck, saying what was paramount to him was strengthening the party

Libel Suit: Raymond Dokpesi Begs Tinubu, To Broadcast Apology For Three Months

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has agreed to accept an unreserved apology from Chairman of DAAR Communication Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi as settlement for the libellous documentary “Lion of Bourdillon” aired on Africa Independent Television, AIT last year.

The documentary was aired in the heat of the 2015 electioneering campaign. AIT was then campaigning for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan, while Tinubu’s party, the APC was vigorously campaigning for Muhammadu Buhari, who won the election.

Lawyer to Tinubu, Wole Olanipekun and Dokpesi’s counsel Mike Ozekhome Friday presented the terms of settlement reached on 29 January, 2016 before the trial court judge, Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe.

The terms of agreement include among other things, a retraction of the broadcast by AIT, an apology by AIT, which should be aired daily for a quarter.

The trial court subsequently adopted the terms of settlement.

Here is the letter of retraction:

Retraction and Apology by DAAR Communications Plc to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Further to the terms of settlement in Suit No: ID/196GCMW/2015 between Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Daar Communications Plc filed as a result of the broadcast of a documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdilon’ and which terms were adopted at the High Court of Lagos State on 5th February, 2016 as the judgment of the court, the defendant, Daar. Communication Plc, hereby retract and apologies to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as follows;

1. Daar Communications Plc, acknowledges that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is an outstanding. Political leader of unblemished character and integrity, as well as a leading public figure and opinion moulder who has made and continues to make immense, colossal and gargantuan contributions to the progress and development of the nation in general. And Lagos State in particular.

2. Daar Communication Plc admits that in airing the said documentary, it had no intention whatsoever to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which it respects and attests to.

3. Daar Communications Plc hereby makes a public and unequivocal retraction of the said documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdilon’, which was broadcast on its television station, AIT.

4. Daar Communications Plc hereby tenders unreserved apology to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the broadcast of the documentary on its television station, AIT.

5. Daar Communications Plc prays that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will live long to make more enormous contributions to the advancement of our nation, Nigeria, Lagos State and the world at large.


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