…As Group Urges Arise TV To Purge Station Of Blackmailers, PR Contractors
A youth group under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum (NDYLF) has slammed former presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati over his attack on Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the group, Abati’s description of PDP leaders as “hungry men who allowed Wike to take over the party” is a clear attempt to malign and denigrate the Rivers State Governor Wike and leaders of his part.
The group, in a statement by its president, Richard Akinaka, said the position of Reuben Abati is a hatchet job and a clear case of unwarranted vendetta against Governor Wike and ridicule of PDP as a party.
“It also unwittingly showed his unholy political affiliation and alliance with those who may have commissioned him to use his platform to disparage the character of supposed political enemies.”
(NDYLF)”Reuben has so far in his conduct not just on Wike but other previous altercation with guests on his program demonstrated his partisanship, hence, he is not fit to be on such platforms anymore.
His attitude so far is a demonstration that he has failed to remove the sweetness of the lollipop (in his own words) attached to his former office as Presidential spokesman (where he performed woefully) and would want to return such office to correct his previous failures.”
The group further stated that Wike’s records as a successful career lawyer and politician is an open book for even the blind to read and deaf to hear, having risen to a member of the of Benchers, from L.G.A Chairman to Chief Of Staff Government House, Minister, and undeniably one of the best governors in the history of Nigeria.
“Above all, as a Presidential Aspirant he was an embodiment of the aspiration of the entire South as evident in the widespread support he enjoys which is clear frustration to Reuben’s interest.”
“But unfortunately for Abati, there is no record if advancement of progress in his decorated media career of about three decades as he has just been an employee to younger colleagues of his”.
The further said that if Reuben so successful as he claims he should not be employed as a TV anchor, mere news reader and columnist by in newspaper owned by a Junior Colleague.
Members of the group pointed out that since all these decades in his profession, he has failed to set up his own structure.
He is advised to an umpire to feed the Nigerian populace a balanced and unbiased analysis on issues.
“A successful Abati in his career at this point should have been an Employer of labour in his field to mentor other younger ones.”
The group also stated that Abati as a Presidential spokesman was not a match to the opposition led by Lai Mohammed who deflated and incapacitated him to the extent that Nigerians never knew Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency was perhaps the one of the best.
Akinaka further said that “Reuben’s activities in recent times could be perceived as though he did not work for his former boss – Jonathan from the South in 2015 because some of us are just coming to terms with how he was unable to inform Nigerians on the good things of the Goodluck’s presidency, maybe it was part of his failure.
In politics, his only achievement was an attempt to be a factional deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State which he failed.
To the management of Arise Tv: “If Arise TV wants Nigerians to take it serious and value their services, they must urgently purge the station of blackmailers annd Public Relations Contractors.
To some of us unlike the Abati’s, what Wike did for the PDP was an act of excellent leadership to keep our democracy competitive.”