Bianca Ojukwu, a former ambassador and widow of Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, has narrated her side of the brawl between her and Ebelechukwu, wife of Willie Obiano, immediate past governor of Anambra.
On Thursday, during the inauguration of Charles Soludo as Anambra governor, Bianca and Ebelechukwu engaged in fisticuffs after a heated exchange.
During the heated conversation between the duo, Bianca slapped Obiano’s wife — an incident that caused commotion at the event.
Speaking on what led to the fight, the former ambassador, in a statement sent to Arise TV, Bianca 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.”