There was a mild drama at Thursday inauguration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State when Ebelechukwu, wife of former Governor Willie Obiano and wife of late Ikemba Nnewi, Bianca Ojukwu exchanged blows.
Eyewitnesses said Obiano’s wife arrived the inauguration after Soludo and his Deputy, Onyekachi Ibezim had been sworn in by Chief Judge, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu at exactly 10.55am
Obiano’s wife, who sat close to Senator Uche Ekwunife and Anambra Speaker Uche Okafor, stood up to stay with her husband when the fracas occurred.
On her way to where Obiano sat, she saw Ojukwu’s wife gorgeously dressed and seated.
Facing her, Obiano’s wife blurted: “You said we’re not going to be Governor, you ‘bitch.”
Bianca enraged by the comment landed Obiano’s wife a slap.
Obiano’s wife retaliated, held Bianca’s hair and dress before security operatives and other dignitaries barricaded the arena, ordering reporters to dismantle their equipment immediately.
The embarrassing episode stunned Obiano, Soludo and Senator Uche Ekwunife among others while the fight lasted.
Before Obiano’s wife got to the arena, security operatives stopped her from driving through the main gate while Bishops were allowed in through the same route.
She was said to have alighted from her vehicle and started hitting the gate, ordering the security operatives to open for her.
But the security operatives refused, saying they were working on instruction.
After the fracas, Obiano left the inauguration venue immediately before Soludo’s speech with his wife, looking downcast.
None of the dignitaries in attendance wanted to discuss the issue, but others, who reacted on the incident pleading anonymity, blamed Obiano’s wife for the incident.