Ebelechukwu Obiano, the wife of Anambra State governor Willie Obiano, has been likened by a source close to the seat of power in state capital Awka to former Nigeria First Lady Patience Jonathan. Both women are allegedly Lady Macbeth-like figures around their husbands.
The un-elected Mrs Obiano is said to be the power behind the throne of Anambra governor, with the source claiming that “everything has to be run through her before it can be approved”, adding that “you have to pass through her to get to Willie”.
Governor Obiano is also notorious for his drinking habits, but the source claims that his wife shares that passion for alcoholic beverages with him.
The governor is said to be “afraid of ” the ferocious First Lady, whom the source said once slapped an official in the state. She also allegedly threatened to slap one of her husband’s critics on a Whatsapp group. The source also told Naijiant.com that Mrs Obiano, who likes to be called “Nne Anambra” (“Mother of Anambra”) or “Osodieme” (“joins the husband in action”) has “removed Obiano’s people from employment [in the state’s public service] and replaced them with her relatives”.
While most profiles of the First Lady claim she attended Lagos State University, the source said she “is not well educated and was a typist or secretary” before she got married to Obiano, who worked for a bank before politics.