Anambra North Elders For Good Governance and Quality Representation,have revealed in details roles played behind closed doors by Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, wife of the immediate past Governor of Anambra State , Willie Obiano in hijacking state powers from her husband and ran the state as De facto governor for eight years.
The group, while reacting to an article credited to one “Chinedu Obigwe”, alleged that Ebele ensured that her husband Obiano remained intoxicated with Alcohol through his years in office in order to abrogate State’s powers to herself and thus Governed the state behind curtains.
In a statement issued after it’s meeting on Wednesday the group described the said writer “Chinedu Obigwe” as an attack dog used by Mrs. Ebele Obiano against personalities in the state whom she perceived as enemies.
They further unveiled a long list of personalities in state penciled down to be ruined by campaign of calumny as instigated by Mrs. Ebele among them include her fellow Anambra North contestant and Senator representing Anambra North, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah OON.
According to the statement titled “Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano: “AN UNKIND JOKE TAKEN TOO FAR! Signed by the group’s secretary Chief Osita Ofojebe , Chinedu’s article would have been ignored noting that ordinarily, such a baseless diatribe deserves no response owing to the character it pretends to support but it is necessary to draw their attention to facts that are still fresh in their minds by reason of the lackluster years of the Obiano’s
From allegedly selling off the State owned lands, issuing Government contracts, tampering with local government funds, receiving state revenues among others the group narrated how Ebele who is also running to represent Anambra North under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) threw the state into economic chaos as she carpeted her husband through inebriation and thus projected him as a weakling in the public eye.
The Elders also said that Ebele’s uncultured attitude was confirmed during the altercation between Ebele Obiano and the wife of former Biafran warlord, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu when the former led and unprovoked attack on the latter during the inauguration of Prof. Soludo as the 6th democratically elected Governor of the state on Thursday, March 17, 2022.”
The Elders described her Senatorial ambition as an affront to the people of Anambra North as they have not forgotten the dark roles she played during her husband’s tenure as Governor of the state.
They urged the kinsmen of “Omambala ” where Ebele hails from to quit the unsolicited attacks on personalities especially Senator Stella Oduah whom they described as a performing lawmaker and highly favoured to win the next election.
According to them in the history of legislative representation in Anambra North, Omambala has had the most senators but there has never been a time, Onitsha North, Onitsha South or Ogbaru, openly conspired against their interest the way some in their fold are now busy conspiring against them.
The statement read in parts;
“By now the Anambra North voter must have seen the article written by one Chinedu Obigwe, an attack dog unleashed by Mrs. Ebele Obiano against the Senator representing Anambra North, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah OON.
Ordinarily, such a baseless diatribe deserves no response owing to the character it pretends to support but it is necessary to draw our attention to facts that are still fresh in our minds by reason of the lackluster years of the Obiano’s
- That Mrs. Ebele Obiano is not considered a serious contender in the forthcoming senatorial election is a given but what is most laughable is that the former first lady, somehow has willed herself into believing that ndi Anambra North have forgotten about the central roles she played in her husband’s terrible government.
- It is no longer news that for the 8 years Willie Obiano was governor, Mrs. Obiano was actually the de facto governor of Anambra State and she seamlessly achieved this by ensuring that her weak husband was always inebriated and given to the bottle.
She deployed this unsavoury strategy of keeping him constantly inebriated to completely assume the de facto position of governor because with time, people began to realize that her husband was not only too weak but that she was in fact, the power behind the throne.
- After successfully ensuring that her husband was looked upon like a weakling, Mrs. Obiano then proceeded to appropriate to herself all Executive powers and by so doing, ensuring that all government functionaries were beholden to her.
Infact, at the height of her power, it was not uncommon to see contractors, commissioners and anyone desirous of getting favors from government, reaching out to her as opposed to her weak husband and the reader will remember that the common joke around Awka was that no matter how close you were to Willie Obiano, if Mrs. Obiano did not sanction it, you were going nowhere!
- With the full powers of the Executive office safely tucked into her hands, Mrs. Obiano would then proceed to appropriate anything and anything within sight which explains why she had her hands on every land deal, every local government monthly allocation, every contract and any deal that brought money to the table.
Infact, Mrs. Obiano was that first lady who was superintendent over the sale of the trans nkisi lands by demanding 50% which were paid directly into her account.
She also directly dipped her greedy hands into the monthly local government allocations and perfected this by personally ensuring that she installed stooges who were beholden and amenable to her greedy disposition.
The reason she is the first former first lady to be investigated by the EFCC, stems from the fact that she was not the entirety smart in her dealings as she would demand that monies from such sleazy deals, be paid directly into her account.
- Mrs. Obiano was also able to wield such powers owing to an unhealthy anger which even her weak husband found a way to stay out of her way anytime it came to the fore and stories abound of aides, commissioners and private staff being physically attacked on a consistent basis.
With time, people around knew enough not to get in her way and many will still recall that ugly scene at the Governor Chukwuma Soludo swearing in, where an obviously drunk and inebriated Mrs Obiano, staggered across to physically attack the wife of the revered Dim Ikemba Ojukwu, Lady Bianca Ojukwu!
- The only good thing about the article is that it confirms to voters in Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru, the existence of a conspiracy by a group of Omambala people who have spent the past few weeks, campaigning against Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru by stating that Senator Stella Oduah’s projects in those areas should not have been.
These Omambala elements, have continued to stoke up embers of division amongst Anambra North voters by claiming that it is the turn of Omambala even when it is still fresh in our minds that Willie Obiano & Ebele Obiano have only just completed 8 years of Omambala rule in Agu Awka!
To add insult on this injury, the same Omambala did not even consider Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru as worthy of taking the position of Speaker in the Anambra House of Assembly and they held onto these two position with a vice like grip as though it naturally belonged to them.
So when Omambala says it is their turn, Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru will begin to wonder what really they want because Mrs. Obiano has to be the greediest type of human being to imagine that she can go to the Senate immediately after spending 8 years of Omambala rule as de facto governor of Anambra State.
To be clear, in the history of legislative representation in Anambra North, Omambala has had the most senators but there has never been a time, Onitsha North, Onitsha South or Ogbaru, openly conspired against their interest the way some in their fold are now busy conspiring against them.
:They say that Senator Stella Oduah has been unduly favorable to Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru as though these areas are not deserving of the projects attracted to them and the more they do this, the more constituents in Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru have become alive to these unsavory and clannish attempts at ensuring that that which they currently enjoy under the able stewardship of Senator Stella Oduah, will be a thing of the past.
“But it is an eye opener for every voting member of Onitsha South, Onitsha North and Ogbaru to buckle up and ensure that the conspiracy against them does not see the light of day!
“The good thing about the Ebele Obiano joke of a candidacy, is that no one truly takes her seriously and most pretending to support her, are there to collect a piece of the Anambra State loot which they believe they are most entitled to.
“We have on records that whilst she served as the defacto governor of Anambra State, Mrs. Ebele Obiano was the major government contractor?
“In her capacity as a government contractor, she ensured that her companies won major contracts mostly at padded prices with most never seeing the light of day beyond the paper they were written on?
“Mrs. Ebele Obiano was the unofficial Chief revenue collector for Anambra State and she was able to pull this off by ensuring that her stooges were awarded contracts to man the various pits, motor parks and all available revenue arms and they were under a strict mandate to remit 50% of the funds to her private account.
“The truth of the matter is that we have barely scratched the surface of her unimaginable sleazy ways as de facto governor of Anambra State but one thing is certain, this unstable woman whose penchant for imbibing excessive alcohol and an anger that is best experienced from a distance than imagined, considers herself fit for the post of Senator representing the good and responsible people of Anambra North and all every sane voter can say is, IT IS A JOKE TAKEN TOO FAR!