Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, widow of the late Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, has spoken out about her meeting with Anambra State’s former First Lady.
On Thursday, during Governor Charles Soludo’s inauguration, Ebelechukwu Obiano and Ojukwu’s widow clashed.
The incident elicited strong emotions, particularly on social media.
Soludo later apologised to Anambra residents and guests who attended the ceremony, blaming it on a misunderstanding between the two.
Bianca explained her side of the storey in a statement released on Friday.
“As the inaugural rituals for Prof Charles Soludo and his deputy began and all guests were seated, Mrs Ebele Obiano, the former First Lady of Anambra State, was obviously absent.” She then came around an hour and a half later, during the wedding. I didn’t pay any attention to her arrival.”
“She then went 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 demanding what I was there for, as well as using unprintable filthy language.
“She inquired if I had come to commemorate their last day in office. But I simply ignored her. Then she started putting her hands on my shoulders and screamed at me. While I ignored her verbal barrage, as suggested by those around me, I asked her twice to refrain from touching me with her hands.
“She did it again and went on to grab at my head tie, which she unsuccessfully attempted to loosen.” In Igbo tradition, this conduct is considered a sacrilege to a titled matriarch like myself.
“I stepped up to protect myself at this point and delivered her a filthy slap to stop her from hitting me.” I yanked her wig away as she moved towards me. She grabbed her wig with both hands and tried to pull it away from me.
“The former APGA chairman, Umeh (Chief Victor Umeh), instructed her to leave me and told the engaged APGA members who had gathered to lead her away, which they did and led her to the seat next to her husband, Chief Willie Obiano, who sat through the entire scene utterly stunned.”
“Throughout the incident, I was struck by the fact that she was visibly inebriated.” The stink of whisky in her breath at such an early hour astounded me. How could a first lady be so inebriated and then show up in that state for an Inauguration ceremony that began at 9 a.m.?
“It’s a shame she tossed caution to the wind and brought this kind of theatrics to a state function.” This was quite embarrassing for the Governor, who quickly exited the venue, taking her with him.
“Fortunately, this did not impede the proceedings, and I stayed to see the ceremony through to its conclusion, after which we were given to a splendid reception at Government House.”