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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Confusion As Jonathan Moves To Pick Chief Raymond Dokpesi As New Chief Of Staff


A major split has hit the presidency over the decision of President Jonathan to appoint High
Chief Raymond Dokpesi as his new Chief of Staff.
Vanguard learnt from competent sources that
the President has been confused by close political allies and aides, who have spoken in
favour and against the idea of bringing on board the DAAR Communications chief was a
member of his kitchen cabinet.

It was learnt that although it was Jonathan,
who actually tabbed on Dokpesi to bring on his
wealth of experience to bear on his
administration and actually mobilised him to
reach out to perceived northern political blocks, some well-placed aides and politicians in the ruling party, have asked him to jettison the idea.

The antagonists of Dokpesi, it was learnt, have
tried to impress upon the President that it
would be better for him to run the race to the
end with the current CoS, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, who was also a deputy governor
like Jonathan and had shown uncommon loyalty and support to him.

The pro-Oghiadomhe group is also reported to
have said that it would better for Jonathan to
sink or swim with the Edo State politician than
to bring in a new hand that might come with
his own challenges, thus adding to the president’s political problems.

But a source close to Dokpesi told Vanguard
that it was not clear whether the High Chief
was still keen on taking the presidential offer,
given the seeming politics that was fast playing
out.

The source explained that close aides and
associates of Dokpesi had a tough time in
convincing him to accept the offer by the
President with a view to contributing his quota
to the development of the country.

“The truth of the matter is that it is the
Presidency that needs Dokpesi more. We had to take time to convince him to take the job so as the bring in his vast wealth of experience to
the administration. It would therefore not
bother the chief is some people are confusing
the President about him”.

“But we know that the President knows what he
wants and cannot be distracted by narrow-
minded interests,” the source said.

                                         Source: VANGUARD

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