The Edo State government and the owner of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, on Sunday exchanged words over allegations of sponsoring attacks on voters in Edo.
A spokesperson for Governor Adams Oshiomhole in a message sent to Premium Times accused Mr. Dokpesi of using soldiers to attack voters in the state.
The spokesperson, Peter Okhiria, quoted Mr. Oshiomhole as making the accusations while speaking to journalists in the state after casting his vote at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho.
“To my surprise, the man that I respect so much, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi who I regard as a brother brought troops to Auchi, attacked women, beat up elderly people, attacked the electorate and disrupted elections at Auchi once they saw that the result being announced so far favoured APC and favoured Buhari,” Mr. Oshiomhole said.
The governor was quoted as saying he found it confusing that the media owner had access to soldiers for personal task. “Dokpesi brought Army from nowhere. I don’t know when Dokpesi became commander in chief of the Army to have such rights,” he said.
However, Mr. Dokpesi denied the allegations and expressed surprise it was coming from the governor. “My brother Comrade Adams could never have made the spurious allegations you claim he made against me. We come a very long way,” he said in a text message to Premium Times.
Mr. Dokpesi said he was the person attacked by some APC leaders while he was leaving the Edo State. “I am to formally inform you that on my way to Abuja this evening I went to see Hajia Hadizat Inu Umoru at Aibotse/Igbe primary school off Igbe Road in Auchi. “One Magaji Usman -APC state vice chairman and Agbor attacked me at the location. “They shot and threw stones at my vehicle.
In order to avoid unnecessary bloodbath I pleaded with my armed escorts not to touch anyone,” the owner of Nigeria’s first private radio and television stations said. “I have since reported to the Auchi Area Command,” he said.