Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Edo North Senator-elect, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has expressed shock, disbelief and sadness over the death of the founder of African Independent Television (AIT) and Chairman Daar Communication, High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi.
Gatekeepers News reports that Dokpesi died on Monday at a hospital in Abuja.
In a statement released to the press by Oshiomhole’s chief media aide Victor Oshioke, the former governor of Edo State said “the news of Dokpesi’s death is hard to believe, shocking and devastating. It is a monumental loss to Afemai land, and the vacuum created by his departure will be hard to fill”.
He said, “Dokpesi is a household name as a pioneer in the development of private ownership of electronic media in Nigeria. He made an appreciable mark in the Nigerian political terrain just as he was a resourceful captain of industry. He will be remembered for his resilience and tenacity in the battles he fought during the dark days of military dictatorship, for the emergence of a vibrant, independent, and responsive media in Nigeria.
“Though we mourn the loss of this exceptional Afemai elder, cultural ambassador and patriotic Nigerian, we are nonetheless consoled that he did not only live a fulfilled life, but touched many lives through his many investments in job creating businesses and philanthropic engagements. He was an Etsako man to the core, in love with his people, their traditions, and aspirations.
“On behalf of my family, I extend our sincere condolences to his wives, children, the Dokpesi family of Agenedode, Afemai people, and the entire Daar Communications family for this irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace.”