By Tony Edike
Enugu -THE standoff between Governor SullivanÂ Chime and the family of the late former governor of old Anambra State has taken another twist with the governorâ€™s chief of staff, Mrs Ifeoma Nwobodo, servingÂ Onohâ€™s son, Hon Joseph Umannakwe Onoh, a seven-day ultimatum to retract allegations he made against her in a recent newspaper interview.
She is also demanding the payment to her N1billion naira as damages within the same period failing which she would commence legal action against Onoh and the newspapers that carried his comments.
Writing through her lawyers, P.M.B Onyia Esq, Mrs Nwobodo said the comments made by the younger Onoh in the newspaper interviewÂ had severely injured her reputation and exposed her to â€œgrave embarrassment, odium, contempt and ridiculeâ€ in the eyes of the public.
Mrs Nwobodo said that Onoh had in the publication claimed, among other things, that she has become so powerful in the government that she has turned Governor Chime to a mere â€œChairman of Executive Councilâ€ and that she had inflated the prices of vehicles supplied to government functionaries and pocketed the balance.
Onoh, she said, had also alleged that she scrutinizes every contract to be awarded in the state, adding that the state government had concluded plans to collect N50 billion bonds from a commercial bank in Enugu because she uses the bank to divert some money.
She said that Onoh had further claimed in the interview that local government chairmen in the state were chasing the chief of staff with money so that they would be returned in the December local government elections.