Reuben Abati, former spokesperson for President Goodluck Jonathan, criticized Peter Obi of the Labour Party for his recent press conference in which he called out President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
On Wednesday, Obi held a press conference in Abuja, urging Tinubu to reintroduce himself to Nigerians.
In response, Abati expressed his belief that Obi’s press conference was unnecessary and suggested that if the former governor had concerns about Tinubu’s academic records, he should seek legal recourse in a court of law.
In response, Abati expressed his view that Obi’s press conference was unnecessary and suggested that if the former governor had concerns about Tinubu’s academic records, he should seek redress in a court of law.
Abati, speaking on the Arise News’ Morning Show, also jokingly advised Obi to consider a career in evangelism.
“When I saw the press conference by Mr Peter Obi yesterday, I thought it was needless,” Abati said on the Arise News’ Morning Show.
“If Peter Obi is considering a career in evangelism… there are many people who have gone from other careers into evangelism. Within the framework of the electoral process, what he did (on Wednesday) in my view was just seeking media attention and looking for publicity.
“The only appropriate forum that (he) can adopt is to go to court and say he has issues to raise. But to come forward and be giving a press conference and moralising, it does not quite fall within the framework of the matter before us.”
Obi, who ran as the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the February 25 general election, claimed to have been cheated by the INEC and is currently challenging the result in court.
Obi and Peoples Democratic Party flag bearer Atiku Abubakar lost their petitions at the Tribunal and have now taken their case to the Supreme Court.
Abati served as special adviser on media and publicity to former President Goodluck Jonathan from 2011 to 2015.