Chief Edwin Clark, an Ijaw elder, has accused the former Special Adviser to the President on Media and Information, Dr. Reuben Abati of sabotaging Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
His remarks came after Dr. Reuben Abati claimed that Edwin Clarke’s recent disparaging remarks about the former President are only because Goodluck Jonathan lost his reelection. Abati wrote, “Who would ever think Chief E.K. Clark would publicly disown President Jonathan? He says Jonathan was a weak president. At what point did he come to that realisation?
“Yet, throughout the five years, he spoke loudly against anyone who opposed the president,”
Chief Edwin Clarke did not take kindly to Dr. Abati’s comments and in a recent letter alleged that Abati’s dereliction of his duties led to the Jonathan’s loss.
Here’s an excerpt of his letter;
“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,”
“Dr. Reuben Abati has 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 Jonathan and Goodluck Jonathan loves 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.