ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€” MINISTER of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili, yesterday alleged that thugs hired by former Central BankÂ of Nigeria, CBN, governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, disrupted arrangement she made for the reception of her guests at her elder sisterâ€™s burial because he believed she was instrumental to his failure in the 6 February 2010, governorship election in the state.
Burial ceremony disrupted by alleged thugs
The incident occurred last weekend at the burial of Mrs. Gloria Uzoamaka Ezenwanne, who is also Prof. Soludoâ€™s mother-in-law, at Isuofia, Anambra State.
Guests at the well attended ceremony were taken aback when some people pulled down canopies mounted by Akunyili for her guests at a place close to the burial ceremony while the church service was still on.
In a statement released in Awka, Akunyili said the animosity against her by Soludo started when he (Soludo) failed in the governorship election, adding that since then, all efforts to make the former CBN governor understand thatÂ she alone could not make him governor had failed.
Her statement read in part: â€œI came down to my village to join my family, relations and well-wishers to pay my last respect to my late sister, Gloria, but unknown to me, my family and invited guests, a large number of thugs loyal to Prof. Charles Soludo was carefully organized to disrupt my participation in my sisterâ€™s burial ceremony.
â€œI have never seen the number of thugs I saw on Friday in any event. The thugs were also instructed to embarrass my invited guests. As you may be aware, Prof Charles Soludo is marrying my late elder sisterâ€™s daughter, Nonye.
â€œSo, we are in-laws, but since he failed the last governorship election in Anambra State, Prof Soludo has singled me out as the source of his failure to win the election, and he convinced my late sister to believe that I was the cause of his failure. All efforts by people to make him understand that I alone cannot make him governor have failed.”