Governor Sullivan Chime’s in-laws, including the mother in-law, Madam Patience Igwe, on Tuesday said there was no history of madness in their family.
Madam Igwe told our correspondent on the phone that no member of the family had a history of mental illness.
“My daughter, Clara, is very okay and sound and her husband, the governor of Enugu State, is also doing well. Please leave us alone and don’t call me again on this matter,” she said.
Governor Chime recently disclosed that his wife had mental illness based on which he had restricted her movement to the Government House.
Clara however left the Government House at the weekend, vowing never to return to her husband.
At the Amauda Isuochi village in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, where Mrs Clara Chime hailed from, a male cousin to the governor’s estranged wife corroborated Madam Igwe’s stand, asking, “Do I look like someone who is mad?”
The cousin, who was spotting a pair of blue jean trousers, refused to disclose his identity and prevented other members of the family from speaking to our correspondent.
“Do the people you are seeing here look like mad people, or have you seen any mad person since you came in?,” he asked our correspondent.
He said, “Please, we don’t have any mad person here and nobody in our family has ever been mad. So, I don’t know where Enugu people got the story that our sister is mad.”
When asked, the security man at the Igwe’s compound, Dauda William, said he was yet to notice any insane person in the family.
“Since I resumed work at the premises over four months ago, the people I have been seeing around are very normal and well,” said William, an indigene of Nasarawa State.