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 noticeabley absent. 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 , she verbally attacked me with her voiced raised, taunting me and asking me what I was there to do using unprintable vile language.
She asked if I had come to celebrate their last day in office. But I ignore 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 refrained 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 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 then held on to 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 told everyone to leave. 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 at that time? I stayed back to watch the ceremony to the end and left with my dignity intact.
Ambassador Bianca Odimegwu- Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and Vatican and APGA Leader