Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has opened up on what late Chief Raymond Dokpesi told him in 2015 after his presidential election loss to the then-candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications, died on May 29, 2023.
Speaking at the Night of Tributes organised by the deceased family on Monday, June 20, 2023, Jonathan said the media businessman encouraged him after he lost the election to Buhari in 2015.
The former president said when many of his allies had deserted him after the defeat, Dokpesi invited him for dinner and told him there was life after defeat.
“I was in a dilemma after I lost the election where some of the people you think instead of you to die, they will prefer to take the bullet for you, but surprisingly, they even forgot your name when you lose the election.
“To my surprise, I was told that Dokpesi would host me for an event. I was surprised that how will he do that for a person that lost an election. He was the first person that made me believe that there could still be life after losing an election.
“Initially, I was sceptical, but I said, let us go. I thought it was going to be a small gathering of his friends and family, but the place was filled up. So the words of encouragement from Dokpesi and all the other people that spoke gave me that energy to do what I am doing today,” Jonathan said about the founder of AIT and Ray Power FM.