A former Chairman of DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and Raypower FM, Aleogho Raymond Dokpesi, has described the $2.1 billion arms deal probe by the Federal Government as a hoax.
The probe of the funds has led to the arrest and trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including Mr. Dokpesi.
Addressing journalists yesterday in his office in Abuja when he was honoured by PDP youths under the aegis of PDP Youth Vanguard, as their patron with a certificate, Dokpesi claimed that the $2.1 billion arms deal probe was not only a figment of the imagination of the All Progressives Congress-led FG, but was aimed at weakening PDP.
Dokpesi said: “I must hasten to assure you that there is nothing like the much flaunted $2.1 billion armsgate. The competent courts of our land would sooner or later prove this coinage aimed at decimating the leadership and membership of our great party to be nothing but a hoax.
“Some of us are reminded of the events of 1984/85 which by any stretch of comparison are similar to the unfolding events of today. As I have said not too long ago, we must stand resolutely united especially in the face of this momentary political adversity. For one thing, I say again that the PDP is not dead, is not dying and will not die.
“I wish to emphasise that the current ruling party is making efforts to impede our journey to political maturity through the manipulation of the federal system to serve purely partisan interest.
“Our party is indeed experiencing a massive persecution, political reprisal and vendetta, of the kind never before seen on our shores and targeted at the leadership, membership and indeed sympathizers of the PDP by the APC government of the day.
“As you all know, so much political water has passed under the bridge since the general elections of April 2015. So much has been said about our members, many of whom have been publicly vilified even without being heard. I assure you that we will not be weakened or demoralised in playing our role as the important opposition voice which is a very critical ingredient in any democratic state.
“We may be harassed, we may even be bent, but we are resolute and will not be broken. Even as I speak, the relentless pursuit of our members across the country is being intensified and I can say with some measure of certainty that a lot more lie in stock for the PDP and its members”.
Earlier, the youths, who staged a peaceful protest at the national secretariat of PDP, condemned the arrest and detention of the party’s national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, just as they described the ongoing war against corruption as one-sided.
The Coordinator of PDP Youth Vanguard, Ibrahim Bala Aboki, who noted that the group will not relent in its struggle against selective persecution targeted against PDP members, however, hailed the dogged spirit exhibited by Dokpesi in trying to galvanize action to ensure the resuscitation of PDP.
He said the APC-led federal administration had concluded that whoever joins their party has automatically transformed into saints.
He said: “The National Youth Vanguard will always stand by you. We are truly aware that the struggle will not be easy but with God on our side we will surmount the antics and distractions of the APC. The APC has continued to victimize leaders and all members of the PDP through their selective and imaginary fight against corruption”.