Anambra State government has denied a rumour making rounds that the wife of the governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano slapped the wife of the deputy governor, Mrs Oby Okeke. The government said it never happened and blamed the false information on those trying to create tension in the state.
The special assistant to the deputy governor on media, Mrs. Stella Igboka, in a statement released on Friday said that the two women have a cordial relationship and therefore urged the people of the state to take the story being circulated on social media with a pinch of salt.
“Our attention has been drawn to a publication on the Internet alleging that Her Excellency, the wife of the Deputy Governor of Anambra State Mrs Oby Okeke was slapped by Her Excellency, the wife of the State Governor, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano at a function in Awka on Sunday last week.
“Her Excellency, Mrs Oby Okeke, had initially dismissed and ignored the purported allegation as a mere figment of imagination of rumour mongers, but having been pestered with calls and enquiries from friends and well meaning Ndi Anambra, It became necessary to set the record straight in order not to mislead the citizens into believing such a fabricated, unfounded and baseless story.
“There is no iota of truth in the said story, the publication is malicious and whoever concocted that does not mean well for Anambra state and should not be taken seriously.
“Those peddling propaganda only want to create unnecessary friction where non exists between the wives of the Governor and his deputy who are enjoying a cordial relationship and working harmoniously in supporting their husbands in their statutory obligations of moving the state to an enviable height.
“While assuring the citizens of Her Excellency’s Mrs Oby Okeke’s unflinching loyalty and support to the wife of the State Governor, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) there is need to state equivocally that no level of smear campaign or calumny would distract the amiable wives of the Governor and his deputy from working as a formidable team in support of their husbands for peace and progress of Anambra State,” the statement read.