Reactions have followed Reuben Abati’s remark against Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike over the crisis roiling the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Wike reportedly criticized the former presidential assistant over a recent interview given by the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in a chat with media last Friday, according to Anaedoonline.ng.
Wike responded to some of Atiku’s comments by claiming that the former vice president lied during the interview and said that Abati didn’t practice investigative journalism.
The governor of Rivers claimed that the seasoned reporter had failed to grill Atiku with insightful questions.
On Monday, in response to Wike’s comments on Arise TV’s The Morning Show, Abati accused the PDP of instilling a sense of entitlement in Wike because he was the one who kept the party united after it lost the 2015 presidential election.
The former spokesperson for the president advised the party to learn what Wike wants and deliver it to him, saying the governor is not in a position to impart journalism knowledge on the young man.
Abati, however, advised Wike to let Nigerians concentrate on important matters since he does not have the right to act inappropriately in public.
Following the occurrence, a few Nigerians turned to the microblogging service Twitter to respond to the journalist’s remarks.
See some of the reactions below.
@renzeldabawse wrote: “Reuben Abati fired missiles at Wike this morning. Wike should not have mentioned his name in the first place. He did his job by interviewing the PDP Presidential candidate.”
@aasibor wrote: “Reuben Abati in his heart knows Atiku’s responses to various questions on his interview with AriseTv was not detailed enough even though it was recorded, cut and edited like a movie. Let’s wait and see how he will interview people from other political parties.”
@oketega1 wrote: “Reuben Abati is being emotional. That interview with Atiku was an edited embarrassment & with all his acclaimed years in journalism could not ask pertinent questions 4 reasons are now obvious.
“Where was Atiku & Co when d PDP that is supreme was sinking? They were the iceberg after all.”
@jones89447053 wrote: “Wike should be interviewed by Dr. Abati, when he makes up his mind on 2023 elections. APC is a no no for him, that interview was akin to the nPDP the last meeting before Baraje and Saraki, led them into the ‘broom of the bedevilled’. Time is ticking towards the Rubicon.”
@Ike_chike wrote: “Journalists are supposed to be apolitical BUT this one isn’t… Such a shame for him to be in the media.”
@1n3m wrote: “He should also have a cut and edit interview with Wike, because if it is on air, Wike go give am BP ooo.”
@_Djolodo wrote: “Reuben Abati: what kind of lollipop do you need your excellency?
“Wike : you dey smoke ehhhhhh Igbo😂”
@blessedpat2018 wrote: “I am certainly expecting a clap back from Wike, I know he would definitely respond with some cracking utterances.”
@kayoloruntobi wrote: “I thought am the only one that saw the decension of @abati1990 into the dirty political fight with Wike albeit for @atiku. He can’t win but has brought @ARISEtv and journalism into disrepute. He was too personal to the extent he became angry and forgot he is on air. Sad.“
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