In what many will see as a Greek gift, the embattled former Chairman of DAAR Communication, owners of African Independent Television and Ray Power FM, Chief Raymond Dopkesi, has sent season’s greeting cards to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The question on the lips of everyone, is Dokpesi craving for soft landing in his trial in a federal high court in Abuja on charges of money laundering and corruption pressed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC? Or is it a way of apologising for the hate messages he beamed through his media outfits prior to the Presidential election in May last year against President Buhari and Osinbajo?
Anyway, whatever the case, a team from his establishment sent a gigantic Eid el Maulud, Christmas and New Year cards to President Buhari and his vice.
Those on the delegation led by the current Chairman of the establishment, Mr. Raymond Dokpesi Jnr.included the Managing Director, Mr. Tony Akiotu; Managing Director, DAAR News Services, Imoni Amarere; Head, Human Resource, Paulyn Ugbodaga; and Head, Corporate Communications and Kunle Onime.
The Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina and a Director of Information, Mr. Justin Abuah received the card for the president just as Senior Special Assistant Documentation in the Vice President’s office, Mr. Sesan Adeboyejo also received the one for Osinbajo.
It was learnt that the delegation had earlier sought the presence of President Buhari who was not readily available for them.
Meanwhile, the goodwill message on the card read thus: “The chairman, Board of Directors, Management and staff of DAAR Communications Plc, proprietors and operators of Raypower FM, Africa Independent Television and Faaji FM, most heartily felicitate with Your Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and family on the occasions of Eid Maulud, Christmas and New Year 2016.”
The AIT proprietor is standing trial on a six-count charge of money laundering and other fraud-related crimes. Prosecutors allege that he received N2.1 billion from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, in order to air presidential campaign material for former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Dokpesi is standing trial alongside his firm, DAAR Investment and Holdings Ltd, corporate owners of AIT and Raypower FM, a radio station