30th May, 2023
By Nimot Sulaimon
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed shock at the passing of the founder of Africa Independent Television (AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi.
News of Dokpesi spread like wildfire on Monday at 71. He reportedly fell off his treadmill during routine gym exercise and died.
In a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate described Dokpesi death as lost of a friend.
“Ezemo, as we fondly called, was an enigmatic business personality, a news maker in life and, sadly, even in death. Ezemo was my friend, brother, counsellor, and associate, all rolled into one. He was honest, detribalised, loyal, and supremely hard working.
“Once committed to a cause, he will see it to a conclusion,” he said.
Also on his verified Twitter page, Atiku wrote, “I am in a state of shock! As we say in Islam: from God, we came, and to Him, we return. I am in prayers and will continue in prayers!
“My everlasting and deepest condolences to the Raymond Dokpesi family. May God forgive his sins and grant him eternal rest. Ezemo, not on a date like this should you leave us! -AA