Jonathan Gave Dokpesi N2.1b Contract To Project And Promote His Administration’s Achievements – Family
The Dokpesi family yesterday overruled a claim by Daar Communications Plc that its founder and patriarch of the family, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, received N2.1 billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Daduki, for political campaigns.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which is currently investigating how the office of the former NSA spent and disbursed $2.2 billion meant for arms purchase for the Nigerian Armed Forces by the past Goodluck Jonathan, had picked up Mr. Dokpesi for allegedly receiving the sum of N2.1 billion from the arms budget.
In an official statement by Daar Communications, owners of Raypower and African Independent Television on Friday, the company acknowledged receiving N2.1 billion from the former administration for “various media exposures and campaign transactions, which were dutifully carried out based essentially on contractual obligations/relationship”.
But the Dokpesi family, in a statement signed by Raymond Dokpesi Jnr., disputed the version of Daar Communications on the purpose of the money and went further to accuse the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of going after its perceived political opponents.
The family explained that the N2.1billion was indeed for a proposal by Daar Investment and Holdings Company Ltd to “promote and project the achievements and highlight the challenges of his (Jonathan’s) government whilst demystifying false information gleefully circulated by the propaganda machinery of the then opposition party”.
The proposal, the family said, was submitted to the former president in person by Mr. Dokpesi and his team in the presence of former Vice President Namadi Sambo and Mr. Dasuki at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It declared, “We must further emphasise that the proposal had absolutely nothing to do with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), nor the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC)”.
The Dokpesi family said the proposal was “thoroughly studied, approved and paid for by the presidency through the office of the National Security Adviser”, adding that the office of the NSA “has multiple budgetary sub-heads including for communication and information”.
The family wondered why the Buhari administration, which claimed to have received a popular mandate from the Nigerian people about six months ago, would now resort to a “wide scale propaganda, misinformation and brazen falsehood just to achieve its objective of decimating its perceived political opponents and supporters of the previous administration”.
It, therefore, challenged government to thoroughly investigate all political and economic crimes “before embarking on a media trial and sentencing even before the law courts of Nigeria have an opportunity to adjudicate”.
The family described its patriarch, who is a chieftain of the opposition PDP, as a law-abiding and consummate patriot “who has served Nigeria to the best of his ability,” adding, “for the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Dokpesi has never applied nor bided for a contract for the purchase of arms, nor has he ever been registered with the Ministry of Defence for the similar objective of engaging in the supply of arms for the government”.