A chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Bianca Ojukwu, has said that former First Lady of Anambra State, Ebele Obiano, was “clearly intoxicated” when she verbally attacked her at the inauguration of Chukwuma Soludo as Governor of the state on Thursday.
Bianca, widow of the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, made this known in a statement on Friday.
She explained that she slapped Ebele because she attempted to remove her (Bianca’s) headline, an act she considered “a sacrilege to a titled matriarch such as herself in Igbo culture”.
“What struck me throughout the whole episode was that she was clearly intoxicated. I was stunned by the stench of whisky in her breath at such an early hour of the day,” Bianca noted.
Bianca titled the statement, “My story”;
“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 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. At this point, I stood up to defend myself and gave her a dirty slap to stop her from attacking me”.
“The former APGA chairman, Umeh, told her to leave me and requested APGA members who had gathered at the spot to lead her away. They took her to the seat next to her husband, Chief Willie Obiano, who sat through the entire episode completely speechless.”
“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 proceed 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 wasn’t very pleasant to the Governor, who immediately left the venue, 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.”
Ambassador Bianca Odimegwu- Ojukwu was a former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and APGA BOT member.