Inauguration Slap: Please, Forgive Me – Obiano’s Wife Begs, Kicks Off Senatorial ‘Campaign’
Ebelechukwu, the wife of the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano, has publicly apologized to Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Ndigbo and friends of Ndigbo over her shocking fight with Bianca Odinakachukwu Ojukwu, a former ambassador and widow of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
She equally announced her intention to join the contest for the forthcoming Anambra North Senatorial District election. The seat is currently being occupied by Senator Stella Oduah.
Ebelechukwu and Bianca had fought after a heated exchange during the inauguration of Soludo as her husband’s successor.
It would be recalled that the heated conversation between the duo, Bianca slapped Obiano’s wife, an incident that caused a commotion at the event.
Days later, and in a letter addressed to Soludo titled ‘A Public Apology’, Mrs Obiano said, “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.
It is not 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 justify my action
”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.
Token of my respect
“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, she said, “My interest to join the Senatorial race is in response to overwhelming pressure; and calls from my people to represent them in the Senate at the National Assembly, Abuja.
“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.”