The Coalition of Southern Groups (CSG), in a Statement dated 16th October, 2021, which was co-signed by the President, Hon. Uche B. Nwabueze Jr., the Publicity Secretary, Hon. Uzoka Chukwuemeka, and the Secretary, Segun Nelson, has called High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications and an astute businessman, the enemy of the southern part of Nigeria, for canvassing for a northern president in 2023.
The Group, in a Statement titled, “We Give Chairman Emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, 48 Hours to Apologize to Southerners”, demanded an ‘open apology from the DAAR Communications boss within 48 hours’ of the issuance of the press release.
“We can see that, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi is enemy of the Southern part of Nigeria where he comes from, and benefited massively, we are using this medium to demand an open apology from the DAAR Communications boss within 48 hours.
High Chief Dokpesi, few days back, had told journalists that, he is in support of a northern president in the 2023 elections; because, according to him, the northern region have been marginalized since the death of the former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, in 2010.
The statement issued by the Coalition of Southern Groups reads:
“Our attention was drawn to the statement made by chairman emeritus of DAAR Communication Plc, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who was building support for the Northern group to produce a presidential candidate for 2023 election, systematically narrowed it to PDP (Peoples Democratic Party).
We the Coalition of Southern Groups (CSG) condemned this reckless statement made by DAAR Communications principal, as a way to set the nation on fire by promoting Northern presidency against the Southern Agenda that is well supported by the Northern leaders, with the likes of Governor Samuel Ortom, Nasir El-Rufai, Aminu Masari, Abdullahi Ganduje and Babagana Zulum to balance the equation of the nation with peace and harmony.
We as a group will continue to appreciate our brothers and sisters at the Northern part, for their understanding and support across party lines to produce a Southern presidency come 2023, which is the only part that can unify us as a country again.
We can see that High Chief Raymond Dokpesi is enemy of the Southern part of Nigeria where he comes from and benefited massively, we are using this medium to demand an open apology from the DAAR Communications boss within 48 hours.
Coalition of Southern Groups will continue to consult and mobilise like minds for any vibrant Southerner who can manage the country well for peace, unity and good economic growth, which is desperately needed in our country now.
We hereby call on all politicians of Southern extraction to rally on the yearnings and aspirations of our people to Produce a President of Nigeria in 2023 of southern extraction or declare themselves persona non grata in the Southern Zone.”
A single paragraph in capital letters, “THE ORACLE HAS SPOKEN” was added to the long list against the DAAR Communications boss, High Chief Dokpesi, by the Southern Groups.