Prominent Ijaw leader, Edwin Clarkrecently claimed former spokesperson to former President Jonathan, Reuben Abatisabotaged Jonathan. This came on the back of Reuben Abati’s article in which he blamed Edwin Clarkof not treating Goodluck Jonathanlike a “son”.
Clark said: “My advice that a publicity committee made up of eminent journalists be put in place in Aso Rock and that media proprietors and senior journalists should be invited to Aso Rock were jettisoned by Abati because of what I suppose is his covetousness, particularly when many journalists and media houses always complained to me that he was not carrying them along.”
He further said that: “Dr. Reuben Abatihas risen to the defence of his last employer too late. He owes the former President apologies for his ( Reuben Abati) failure to perform while in office. I should not be used as a scapegoat. I love Goodluck Jonathanand Goodluck Jonathanloves me. I do not recall any favourable remark made by Abati all those years when he was the chairman of the Editorial Board [of the Guardian] and syndicated columnist about the former president, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan.
If I recall correctly, they were always the butt of ridicule by Dr. Reuben Abati. In fact, he became so notorious and fearless a critic of former President Jonathan and his wife in the Guardian Newspaper that I had to draw the attention of my cousin the proprietor of the Guardian newspaper to his excesses. These vitriolic attacks on former President Jonathan and his wife only stopped when he was appointed the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity by the former president.”
In this mail by Edwin Clark, he also said that former President Jonathan was a good one while he was in office.
He said: “I remain proud of the performance of Mr. Jonathan in a number of areas such as the railway system, economy, fight against polio and ebola, maternal health, the power sector, etc. He tarred more roads than any of his predecessors; he turned agriculture to agro-business, a multi-billion dollars business; he built the Almajiri schools in the Northern parts of this country. He established new federal universities across this nation; he allowed for free speech across this nation, and did not mind when he was criticized or, even, abused. People were not arbitrarily locked up in jail or prison, as he truly respected the rule of law. He signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law, which was not done by his predecessors; he modernized the aviation sector; he convoked a National Conference that brought Nigerians together and proffered recommendations on how to better bind Nigerians together as one.
He sanitized the electoral system of this country, unlike what we had before him, when elections results were announced without actually voting, when ballot snatching were rampant and common place. He brought transparency into the electoral process – when people could vote and the votes actually openly counted without violence.
Today he stands as the first African president to concede an election to an opponent, even before the final counts. In keeping with my character, I cannot say in private what I cannot say in the public. I do not therefore, reject or disown Jonathan as my beloved political son.”
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