Mrs. Obiano Opens Up On Being Slapped By Bianca Ojukwu, Tells A Different Story.
The public fight between Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, wife of former Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, wife of late Igbo leader, Chief Emeka Ojukwu, is clearly the most controversial event in Nigeria last week.
Mrs. Obiano was slapped by Bianca Ojukwu during the inauguration of Charles Soludo as the Governor of Anambra State on Thursday.
While a number of different accounts of the fight has blamed Mrs. Obiano for instigating the clash with provocative words, the former Anambra First Lady has now given her own account of the clash, which is quite different from had been put out in the media.
What Happened According To Mrs. Obiano
According to Mrs. Obiano’s account, she had left her seat to greet Bianca Ojukwu, but the latter reacted to her greeting with a slap.
Mrs. Obiano’s account comes in a statement released by her spokesperson, Chidiebele Obika.
The former governor’s wife said, all she did was approach the former beauty queen for their usual friendly banters only to be slapped and pushed by her.
She wondered what brought about “so much anger and hate” that would cause a former diplomat to be unable to “manage herself in public”.
Mrs. Obiano stated that she didn’t bother returning the slap, instead, she walked away in utter bewilderment.
What Happened According To Earlier Account
Earlier reports of the clash say the drama started immediately after Soludo took his oath of office.
Dignitaries, including the former Governor, Obiano, were already seated when the altercation happened.
According to reports, Mrs. Obiano reportedly moved to the front row where Bianca, widow of Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, was seated and slapped her.
The slap was reportedly retaliated, leading to a fight.
This led to a commotion at the venue as guests ran towards the two women to separate them.
It did not take long before the attention of security agents and some personalities were called upon as they made moves to pull Obiano’s wife off Bianca who was reportedly shocked at the action.
Ebelechukwu was reportedly taken away from the scene of the event and shortly afterward, her husband left the venue.
The two women have reportedly been at loggerheads for years.
Shortly after the incident, Bianca Ojukwu took to social media to share a statement.
She congratulated Charles Soludo on his swearing-in as the Governor of Anambra State.
Bianca Ojukwu in a post shared on Facebook would go ahead to describe the inauguration as ‘liberation day for Anambra State.
She wrote. “It’s Liberation Day, and today we sing the Redemption Song. Anambra will be better!”
“Now I know just how those Israelites felt on the day they took those tentative first steps out of the land of Egypt….Just the sheer excitement and anticipation of liberation, the long-awaited return to the promised land must have kept them awake through that night.
“This is the Day the Lord has made…a day that reaffirms the age-long truth that no-one holds the stage forever. I thank the Almighty for keeping us all alive to witness this day.
She added that a more dynamic and progressive Anambra is achievable.
“To Him be the glory. It was long in coming, but it’s finally here.
“Yes indeed….WE ARE THE BARRACKS!” she added.
What Happened According To Bianca Ojukwu
Bianca Ojukwu also narrated her side of the story in a statement released on Friday where she accused Mrs. Obiano of being drunk at an official function.
Speaking on what led to the fight, the former ambassador, said Obiano’s wife “was intoxicated” and used “unprintable vile language” while speaking with her at the event.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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 refrain 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 onto her wig with her two hands and tried to take the wig away from me.
“The former APGA chairman, Umeh, told her to leave me and 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 proceed to turn up in that state at an Inauguration ceremony that began at 9am? It is unfortunate that she threw all caution to the wind and imported this kind of melodrama to a state ceremony.”
Ex APGA Chairman Reveals How He Prevented The Fight From Turning Into A Full Blown Physical Combat
Senator Victor Umeh, former national chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, over the weekend revealed himself as the one who ensured the clash between Bianca Ojukwu and Mrs. Obiano from degenerating into a full blown physical combat.
Senator Umeh explained how he stepped in to dowse the rising temper between the two dignitaries.
Fielding questions from newsmen during the 80th birthday celebration of foremost Nigerian philosopher and President General of Alaigbo Development Foundation, Prof. Uzodimma Nwala in Enugu at the weekend, Umeh said he knew that such a situation would arise and quickly stepped in to prevent it from escalating.
“I was on ground. I stepped in quickly to arrest the situation. Thank God that normalcy returned immediately through my intervention,” he said.
He described the altercation between the two women as a clear mismanagement of emotion and temperament; a development he said was uncalled for.
He said: “The altercation was clearly provoked by one party, because everybody saw the video footage. Somebody left her seat and moved towards someone who was sitting calmly and following the proceedings, and began to pour invectives on her.
“She proceeded to push her, trying to remove her headscarf. What could you have done in such a situation? The provocation was much.
“But then, we knew that such a situation might arise because there had been a lot of bottled up anger on this issue. So, that is by the way.
“The incident did not disturb the inauguration. The event took place and at most, we regard the incident as a side show.”
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