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Reactions As Reuben Abati Slams Wike Over PDP Crisis


Full Text: What Reuben Abati Said After Atiku's Interview On Arise TV

Reactions have trailed the comment made by veteran Nigerian journalist, Reuben Abati against Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State over the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Naija News reports that Wike in a chat with reporters last Friday berated the former presidential aide over a recent interview granted by the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Reacting to some comments made by Atiku, Wike said the former vice president lied in the interview and insinuated that Abati did not engage in investigative journalism.

The Rivers governor also accused the veteran journalist of not asking Atiku intelligent questions.

Responding to Wike’s criticism on Arise TV’s The Morning Show on Monday, Abati blamed the PDP for making Wike feel entitled because he was the one who held the party together after it lost the presidential election in 2015.

The former presidential spokesperson said the party should find out what Wike wants and give him some “lollipop, adding that the governor is not in a position to teach him journalism.

However, Abati advised Wike to allow Nigerians to focus on serious issues, as he does not have the right to misbehave in public.

Following the development, some Nigerians have taken to the micro-blogging platform, Twitter to react to the comments made by the journalist.

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.