- Mrs Bianca Ojukwu has set the records straight regarding her fight with Ebele Obiano, wife of former Anambra governor, at Soludo’s inauguration
- The widow of late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu said she slapped Mrs Obiano for trying to remove her headgear in public
- Mrs Ojukwu also said she had ignored verbal and physical assaults from the former first lady but the latter kept on aggressively putting her hands on her shoulders and shouting
Awka, Anambra state – Bianca Ojukwu, widow of late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, has confirmed that she slapped immediate past Anambra First Lady, Ebele Obiano on Thursday, March 17, in Awka, Anambra state.
Recall that two women had engaged in a public fight which temporarily disrupted the inauguration of Charles Soludo as the sixth governor of Anambra state.
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Setting the records straight on Friday, March 18, Mrs. Ojukwu said she slapped Mrs Obiano to defend herself after the wife of the former governor attempted to remove her headgear in public, The Nation reported.
I ignored her verbal and physical assaults – Bianca
Speaking further, the former Ambassador to Spain explained that she ignored several provocative verbal and physical assaults from the former first lady who she alleged was intoxicated by alcohol.
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“As the inaugural ceremonies for Prof Charles Soludo and his deputy began and all guests were seated, the Former First Lady of Anambra State, Mrs Ebele Obiano, was noticeably absent. She then arrived some one-and-a-half hours later while the ceremony was on. I didn’t pay any particular attention to her arrival.
“Surprisingly, she then walked towards me and I thought she was coming to greet me. Instead, when she got to where I was seated, she verbally attacked me with her voice raised, taunting me and asking me what I was there to do and using unprintable vile language.
“She asked if I had come to celebrate their last day in office. But I ignored her completely. Then, she kept aggressively putting her hands on my shoulders and shouting. While I ignored her verbal onslaught, as advised by those sitting around me, I requested twice that she refrained from touching me with her hands.
“She proceeded to do so yet again and went further to grab at my headtie, which she attempted unsuccessfully to remove. This very act is considered a sacrilege to a titled matriarch such as myself in Igbo culture.
“It was at this point that I stood up to defend myself and gave her a dirty slap to stop her from attacking me. As she made towards me, I then pulled away her wig. She held on to her wig with her two hands and tried to take the wig away from me.
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“The former APGA chairman, Umeh (Chief Victor Umeh), told her to leave me and told engaged APGA members that had gathered at the spot to lead her away, which they did and took her to the seat next to her husband Chief Willie Obiano who sat through the entire episode completely speechless.
“What struck me through the whole episode was the fact that she was clearly intoxicated. I was stunned by the stench of whisky in her breath at such an early hour of the day. How could a first lady be so drunk and proceeded to turn up in that state at an Inauguration ceremony that began at 9 am?
“It is unfortunate that she threw all caution to the wind and imported this kind of melodrama to a state ceremony. This was highly embarrassing to the Governor who left the venue almost immediately, taking her along with him.
“Luckily, this did not disrupt the proceedings and I stayed back to witness the ceremony to the end after which we were treated to a sumptuous reception at the Government House.”
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Meanwhile, renowned southeast cleric, Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, has expressed fury over the recent conduct of Mrs Obiano.
Speaking from his base in Umuahia, Bishop Onuoha described the action of former Anambra First Lady as an embarrassment to Ndigbo.
He said that Obiano’s wife displayed a lack of respect by throwing caution to the wind with her actions without regard to what Ojukwu represents to the Igbo nation.