Party leaders sold Jonathan out – Clark

By Amako Nneji October 30, 2015 16:15

Party leaders sold Jonathan out – Clark

Elder statesman, Edwin Clark and former Special Adviser to former President’ Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati have thrown caution to the wind by way of washing their dirty linen in public.

In a statement, the former Federal Commissioner of Information took Abati to the cleaners stating that he failed to promote the image of Jonathan by not constituting “a Publicity Committee made up of eminent journalists in Aso Rock as advised.”

Clark alleged that this advice was chucked out because of the Spokesman’s covetousness, while recounting that many journalists and media houses always complained that the former Guardian Editor never carried them along.

Abati had disclosed in a piece, “Clark, the Father, Jonathan, the Son,” published on his website sheer disappointment with the Ijaw Chief stating it took him a while to write this expecting Clark to deny the comments attributed to him.

    “If President Jonathan had returned to power on May 29, 2015, these same persons would have remained in the corridors of power, displaying all forms of ethnic triumphalism,” he said.

The piece came on the heels of Clark’s swipe at the former President who he formerly called a son as one whose weakness was inadequate to fight corruption.

    “Jonathan didn’t have the political will to fight corruption. He’s a gentleman. Drivers of yesterday are living in palatial buildings now under his government,” he said.

See: Abati, Edwin Clark dig into each other in cold war

In what seemed a counter attack, Clark insisted that Jonathan was defeated in the 2015 presidential election because Abati failed to act exactly as a Spokesman.

Wondering why he came under attack over his comments on Jonathan “for reasons so obvious,” Clark maintained it was curious Abati, who he accused of failing to sell Jonathan’s achievements to Nigerians, could accuse him of going against a man he (Abati) was never loyal to.

    “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,” he said.

    “If I recall correctly, Jonathan and his wife 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,” he said.

Meanwhile, Clark had on Wednesday, October 28 faulted reports he betrayed Jonathan.

He described such reports as malicious, saying his decision to quit partisan politics was prompted by Jonathan’s exit.

See: Clark claims no benefits from Jonathan administration

Clark who was a staunch supporter of Jonathan was rumored to have collapsed immediately he heard President Muhammadu Buhari had won the 2015 President election.

    “Campaigns are over and a winner has emerged. We must come together after the election and give our support to the President,” the elder statesman was quoted.

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