Bianca Ojukwu and Ebelechukwu Obiano
By Our Reporter
The slapping drama that ensued between Ebelechukwu, wife of former Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano and Bianca, widow of former warlord, late Odumegwu Ojukwu at the inauguration ceremony of Prof. Charles Soludo has continued to generate reactions from Nigerians.
While Bianca stated that she slapped Ebelechukwu for harassing her, the former Anambra first lady said she left her seat to greet Bianca, but she reacted to her greeting with a slap.
Bianca said “Ebele Obiano was noticeably absent as the inauguration ceremony started but arrived an hour later”.
“I did not pay any attention to her arrival. Surprisingly, she walked towards me and I thought she was coming to greet me. Instead she verbally attacked me with her voice raised, taunting me and asking me what I was there to do, using unprintable, vile language.”
‘’She asked if she was at the inauguration to celebrate their last day in office
“I left her but she kept on aggressively. While I ignored her verbal onslaught as advised by people sitting around me, I requested twice that she refrains from touching me with her hands. She proceeded to do so yet again and tried to touch my head and remove my headtie.
“It was at that point I stood up to defend myself and gave her a dirty slap to stop her from attacking me. As she made it towards me, I removed her wig, she then held on to her wig with her two hands and tried to take the wig away from me.
Bianca also revealed that while people tried to separate them, she was surprised by the stench of whisky in Ebelechukwu’s breath at such an early hour of the day.
“How could the first lady be so drunk at that time? I stayed back to watch the ceremony till the end and left with my dignity intact,” Bianca said.
Mrs. Obiano however submitted that she went to greet Bianca only for her to slap her.
According to a statement 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.