After Dirty Slap Incident, Obiano’s Wife Declares Intention to Run for Senator, Apologizes for the Squirmish With Bianca

by Fatai Alimi
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The wife of the Former Anambra state governor, Mrs Ebele Obiano, who was involved in a fiscuff with Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, the wife of the former Biafran warlord, has apologized over the issue while also declaring her intention to contest in the forthcoming election as the Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District.

Ebele apologized to the new governor of Anambra State, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the Ndigbo and friends of Ndigbo over her fight with Bianca Ojukwu on the inauguration day of the new governor. She then proceeded to declare her intention to join the senatorial contest for the forthcoming election in Anambra North Senatorial district.

Recall that Ebele was alleged to have stood from her seat on the the new governor’s inauguration programme, and moved to where Bianca Ojukwu was seated to provoke a heated argument that degenerated into her allegedly being slapped by Bianca Ojukwu, and thus caused a partial disruption of the event.

However, in a letter addressed to Soludo titled ‘A Public Apology’, Mrs Obiano apologized for her action that led to the disruption and then proceeded to declare her intention to run for Anambra North Senator.

The letter read: “Permit me to use this medium to humbly convey to you my sincere, heartfelt and unreserved apology for the unfortunate incident between Mrs Bianca Ojukwu and myself on Thursday, March 17, 2022, the day of your inauguration as the new Executive Governor of Anambra State in which you took over from my husband, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano.

“The incident, to say the least, was most unnecessary, unfortunate and I regret my action. It was an unintended action as violence is never in my character.

“Your Excellency, Sir, I hold your person, your ideals, the records of your great accomplishments in public service in Nigeria and beyond, as well as their concomitant colossal impacts on public policies in the highest esteem.

“Without any equivocation, your achievements as a towering intellectual of national and international repute are enduring legacies and pride for the State and Ndigbo in general.

“I will therefore never deliberately engage in any activity or action to disrespect you and your government. All those who know me can testify that before and throughout my eight years as the First Lady of State, I pursued peace, promoted philanthropic gestures which empowered many of our less privileged people. No excuse can therefore be tenable as justification for such public embarrassment, no matter the height of provocation.

“Equally, I wish to extend the same apology to all the important dignitaries, the people of Anambra State, as well as the entire Ndigbo for that unintended embarrassment at the occasion.

“I want to use this opportunity to pledge that I will wholeheartedly support and pray for the Government of His Excellency, Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, to excel exceedingly better than the immediate past government, even as he builds on the legacy of his predecessor, my husband, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, and take our dear State to a higher level.

“I consciously chose this medium to express my apology, goodwill, support and prayers publicly to His Excellency, Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, as a token of my full respect for him, his family and the entire Ndigbo.”

On her senatorial ambition, Ebele noted that she joined the contest in response to the “overwhelming pressure” and demand from the people of Anambra North Senatorial District calling her to represent them at the Senate cone 2023.

In her word: “As it has been attested to by the good people of Anambra State, service to people, humanity and sharing love and putting smiles on sad faces are my priority in life, and I know that it is the will of God because the Bible says that God is Love.

“Therefore, having witnessed and been positively touched by my ever-willing disposition to care for people, empower the poor and needy, especially women and children, particularly widows, orphans and the destitute, my people decided that I should come and serve them better in a higher capacity.”

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