One upon a cordial relationship that existed between the owner and Chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television, AIT and Raypower, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and one his versatile anchors on AIT, Gbenga Aruleba has scattered like a badly arranged cards.
Gbenga, Aruleba who used to anchor one of the most popular political programs on Nigerian Television, “Focus Nigeria”, was asked to resigns his position as Group Head, Reportorial and also, his job at the company, by the management of the media house but has refused to resign, daring the owners of the station to sack him if they’ve got the liver to do so.
According to insider in the broadcasting house, the war between Dokpesi and Gbenga started immediately Goodluck Jonathan lost his reelection bid as the president of Nigeria. The insider revealed that Dokpesi used Gbenga and some others top journalists to execute dirty political jobs during Jonathan’s regime.
“While the Jonathan’s largesse was ongoing, the duos were best of friends even making international trips on several occasions together” the source who preferred anonymity claimed.
The sources also divulged that immediately Dokpesi found himself in trouble waters with the Buhari govenrment, he was expecting the likes of Gbenga to sink with him but smart Gbenga shifted allegiance to APC, singing their praises on a PDP man owned TV station. This act among others got Dokpesi angrier and vowed that he must see Gbenga Aruleba’s exist from his station.
Not knowing how to go about it, Dokpesi was said to have instructed his son, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr. who is the managing director of DAAR communication to sack Gbenga but unfortunately the young man cannot look into Gbenga’s face not to talk of issuing him a sack letter, he was said to be jittery about the hatchet job.
Information has it that this is neither the first time, second or third that the owners of the station would ask Gbenga Aruleba to leave the employment of the company without success.
Last year, Gbenga’s program, “Focus Nigeria” was yanked off air and a similar program concept was started and anchored by a junior reporter, in their bid to cripple him and make him irrelevant, hoping that it would break him and maybe, forced him to resign.
Gbenga being a cat with 9 lives created another program, “Jigsaw” and also paid for airtime so it can be aired on the same TV station. As soon as the program becoming gradually gathering momentum, Dokpesi was said to be angered the more claiming he instructed the Human Resources manager to fire Gbenga not only to stop his program on the station.
The management of DAAR Communications is said to be careful sacking Gbenga knowing fully well that Gbenga will be demanding for his complete payment that the station is holding on to for years, an act Dokpesi is cunningly avoiding.