Despite corruption allegations, I will be PDP chairman – Dokpesi

Raymond Dokpesi
Raymond Dokpesi

‎The founder of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, has said that his trial in court over alleged corruption will have no effect on his chances of becoming chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The chieftain of the PDP said his desire to clinch the slot remained strong and unshaken as long as the party has zoned the position to the South.

Mr. Dokpesi is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a six-count charge alongside his firm, DAAR Investment Holdings Ltd, for his alleged involvement in the diversion of N2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms to fight the insurgency in the North-east.

Mr. Dokpesi, who addressed journalists on Wednesday in Abuja also said that at the peak of the party’s crisis, the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction formed the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, as plan B in case they lost out in the power tussle.

There were insinuations during the party’s leadership crisis that Mr. Makarfi and many PDP chieftains would move to APDA in the event the Supreme Court ruling favoured the factional group led by Ali Sheriff.

Mr. Dokpesi, yesterday said he has what it takes to change the PDP if he eventually became its national chairman.

“The national convention zoned the position of the national chairman to the South and zoned the presidency to the North. And there is no micro-zoning; the convention would have said it is zoning to the South West, but the convention in its wisdom did not do so.

“I take full responsibility for the roles I played in the formation and funding of APDA. It was set up as a plan B for the PDP at the peak of its internal crisis.

“I said very clearly that I have a lot of respect for the elders of this party, I have a lot of respect for constituted authority, but they are human beings,” Mr. Dokpesi added.


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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    DAAR communications proprietor Raymond Dokpesi, has tasted how sweet it was to loot and steal from the public treasuries under former FGN-Federal Government, under former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, led PDP government, hence, Raymond Dokpesi,who stole huge sum of public funds to enrich himself under GEJ. for 2015 presidential campaign. PDP can not ever be entrusted with Nigeria public funds again. PDP members are advance rogues.

    • Fanen Harden

      Well said.
      But PDP have realized their mistakes even if they do not want to admits it. I think they are trying to do things right and I pray it work for them so that APC will have a better Opponent to put them on their toe often.
      Is this the Kola I know?

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Oga,swerve and park well.

        • aisha ani

          Please don’t make him swerve, today is Friday the 13th but he does need to park well.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Lol,ao u dey?

          • aisha ani

            In the words of former President OBJ, I dey Kampe.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            It will be well with us all inshaAllah.

    • share Idea

      Guess DAAR group was formed when GEJ was president? Why is it that you people would never make your comment without including GEJ. Have you demanded accountability from your demi-god Buhari. When allegation of missing money in NNPC came up under GEJ, PWC was engaged to investigate and make public their findings contrast with this administration that uses deodorant to quench allegations against cabals working with him.

  • Mufu Ola

    Never knew this guy is still around.

  • Wale

    “Despite corruption allegations, I will be PDP chairman” _ Dokpesi

    Yap, he’s correct, that is a required qualification for the vacant position of being a PDP chairman.

    • Primo Compatriot

      Simple logic

    • Bassey Frank

      Stop deceiving yourself Sir; BAT is corrupt, yet APC leader or chieftain.

    • aisha ani


  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Hmmmm,you don’t mean it,

  • Bassey Frank

    High Chief, you have worked hard for PDP. The party needs breathing space. If the party says you should not be, please go and do something else. Your media house needs rescue professionally.