Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s wife, has explained why she slapped Anambra First Lady, Ebele Obiano, on Thursday afternoon in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The two women had engaged in a public brawl during Governor Charles Soludo’s inauguration ceremony, which briefly disrupted the ceremony.
Mrs. Ojukwu clarified on Friday that she slapped Ebele Obiano to defend herself after the former Governor’s wife attempted to remove her headgear in public.
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.
Mrs. Ojukwu, a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Board of Trustees (BOT), wrote: “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 about an hour and a half later, during the ceremony. I didn’t pay much attention to her arrival.
“She then walked towards me, and I assumed she was coming to greet me.” Instead, when she arrived at my seat, she verbally assaulted me with her voice raised, taunting me and asking what I was there for, as well as 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.
“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.
“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.”