Written by Cynthia Nwankwo Tuesday, 12 November 2013 19:55
The crisis in the marriage between the Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime and his wife Clara Chimehas reached its peak following the eviction of the First Lady from the Enugu State Government House on Monday. Clara was handed over to her mother at Coal City Garden Estate, Enugu by security operatives.
It was gathered that the governors’ wife was said to have returned to her mother by security operatives at about 9 am.
A source at government house said she was forced into a convoy and driven away by stern-looking security men.
Meanwhile, the leader of traditional rulers in Amuda, the native town of Mrs. Clara Chime, Igwe Bob Ogbenna has kicked against the ill-treatment of their daughter.
He disclosed that the traditional rulers in the area have concluded arrangement to meet with Governor Chime over the development.
He expressed sadness over the manner their daughter was treated, adding that such was not how to dissolve a marriage that produced a son.
When Newsday correspondent tried to find out why Mrs Clara was returned to her mother, a source at Government House said her refusal to keep mum on sensitive and burning issues might have informed the decision to evict her.
“You know she decided to let the cat out of the bag and she is not ready to be silent on certain issues even when Oga himself kept quite on the issues. You also know that Oga might have felt bad that she leaked certain information to the press, so it possible that she was asked to go because of these things I mentioned”, he stated.
Meanwhile, a source close to Clara said her eventual return home had brought a sigh of relief to her as she had since lost interest in the marriage.
According to Mrs. Clara, she was forced to remain as wife of Governor Sullivan Chime, adding that she would have walked away from the marriage during the period Chime was sick and away for five months, but remained on “very compassionate grounds.”
Mrs. Chime said her thinking was that sickness would change the governor’s ways towards her, but stated that he even got worse months after his return from undergoing a cancer treatment abroad.
According to her, on many occasions she attempted to leave, her family members, for pecuniary reasons, insisted she stayed put.
She said even when it was apparent that Chime no longer wanted the marriage, her family wouldn’t let her go.
Having left the Enugu State Government House on Monday, Mrs Clara Chime has vowed never to return to Chime’s house again.
Mrs Chime, regretted that Chime did not change his way towards her, and their relationship went sour by the day.
She said that family pressure also contributed to her plights, that even when it was obvious that Chime no longer wanted the marriage, her family asked her to manage.
Mrs Chime who disclosed this to newsmen said, “I am not the one who is sick, but I became sick because of the way I was treated. There are some things people would do to you that make you sick or even die.”
“After treating myself, I will never go back there again. I will not even wish my enemy to marry in that kind of place again.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chuks Ugwuoke, said he just returned from Lagos and was not aware of the development.
“I have been away in Lagos and cannot speak on anything I don’t know of, especially when it is a family matter. I will call you as soon as I am briefed,” Ugwuoke said.
Relatively, a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbaje, has asked the National Human Rights Commission to properly investigate the ongoing crisis in Chime’s home, saying that the citizenry must know the true situation of things.
Agbaje who made the statement on Monday, said so much must have been concealed by Chime and his wife.
He said, “There must be an end to sinking lies. The Chimes of this world need another fatter lies to cover their present lies. The truth is that one Mrs Clara Chime is ill. To cover her public odium, she was cleverly and unconstitutionally detained by Chime.
“As for the NHRC, they need to do more research into the Chimes’ affairs and expose every unconstitutionalities, not the present contradictory charade coming out of the Commission.”