Why Governor Sullivan Chime ‘Imprisoned’ Me, By Clara Chime-Enugu State governor, Sullivan Chimes kept his wife under house arrest because he wanted to protect his name and keep his public image as the governor of the state.
According to a source close to the Clara Chimes, Enugu State First Lady, he lost interest in the wife long ago but didn’t want the public to have a distasteful impression of him as an irresponsible traitor and betrayer.
The truth about the continuous placement on house arrest came to light on Monday as Clara Chime, the troubled first lady of Enugu State who claimed to have been sectioned and disallowed her free movement from the state house left the government house claiming victory and vowing never to return to her husband governor again.
Clara left the Government House in Enugu on Monday claiming she had been under pressure to remain as the wife and first lady of the Enugu State even after she had lost interest due to the way she was being treated.
However, having gained her freedom, Clara confided in one of her siblings, disclosing just a few hours after packing away from the State House that she was supposed to have absconded when the governor was taken abroad for Cancer treatment but had avoided being charged for betraying her husband during a period of his need. She said she stayed back only on “very compassionate grounds.”
Mrs. Chime said she thought that the sickness would change the governor’s ways towards her but that he got worse months after his return from the cancer treatment abroad.
According to her, on many occasions she attempted to leave but 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 would not let her go.
She disclosed this through the mobile phone of one of her male siblings, about four hours after she eventually packed out from the Governors’ Lodge on Monday.
The sibling declined to reveal his identity to The PUNCH. The source stated that he was one of the few family members who supported Mrs. Chime’s agitation to quit the marriage.
He said if he revealed his identity, it could cause a stir between him and other family members with whom members of the Chime family were still holding meetings on the matter.
He claimed that Chime had long lost interest in the marriage but held forth because he (Chime) didn’t want his image stained.
“So there was no need joining other family members into forcing her to remain in a marriage that he (the governor) was no longer interested in,” said the source.
He said, “Governor Sullivan Chime just wanted to keep her within the lodge for fear that she could open up on certain things she knew about him if she was allowed to leave unceremoniously.”
When the source eventually brought Mrs. Chime on the phone to speak with our correspondent, she said, “I regained my freedom to move around on Saturday and I eventually forced my way out of that place (Government House) today (Monday).”
She 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.”
“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.
Meanwhile, a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbaje, has called on the National Human Rights Commission to probe further into the issue between Chime and his wife.
Agbaje said in a statement on Monday that as personalities who lived on public fund,
the citizenry deserved to know the truth about the situation and Clara’s true state of health.
He said both the governor and his wife might not have told the whole truth about the issue.
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 unconstitutionality, not the present contradictory conflicting charade comming out of the commission.”
Governor Chime was at the center of an alleged sex scandal in Novermber 2011, when he was accused of impregnating his wife’s sister and his in-law, one Ebere Igwe.
It was then alleged that the secret romance produced a baby boy.
The said affair allegedly commenced between Governor Chime and Ebere shortly after he got married to Clara in October 2008.
Governor Chime debunked the claim and said it was a lie aimed at spoiling his name.
Observers however alleged that Clara’s problem could have had its source to the scandal which had neber been substantiated.