There’s nothing like the much flaunted $2.1 billion armsgate… courts will soon prove it’s a coinage aimed at decimating the PDP, said owner of Daar Group Raymond Dokpesi whom the EFCC arrested in December for complicity in the on-going arms purchase probe.
“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,” Dokpesi said in his Abuja office after he was honoured as Patron by the PDP Youth Vanguard.
“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.”
Fingering the ruling APC for the travails of the PDP stalwarts in the arms deal probe, Dokpesi insisted the opposition and its sympathisers facing persecution will not be weakened.
“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.”
Coordinator of the PDP youth wing, Ibrahim Bala Aboki, extolled the courage of the media magnate in rallying up the broken PDP. Aboki also noted the APC government is selectively persecuting members of the opposition, and beatifying whoever joins the ruling party.
“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,’ he said.
Dokpesi was frisked by the anti-graft commission last year for collecting about N2 billion from the office of the NSA in the run-up to 2015 election.
His company lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, had earlier said there was no receipt linking Dokpesi’ media empire to the office of the NSA or its occupant Col. Sambo Dasuki. But Dokpesi told the investigators the money was to offset former President Goodluck Jonathan’s media campaign bills from the Daar Group, owners of Raypower, AIT, and Faaji FM.
He was released in December after being charged with a two-count charge of fraud and money laundering.