by S’ola Filani
Hell was let loose yesterday in Asaba, the capital of Delta state, when the Special Adviser on Inter-governmental Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Mariam Ali reportedly slapped the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Nwaoboshi, “for disobeying her.”
According to reports, trouble started when the chairman asked Mrs. Ali to relocate from her seat during a meeting of the party’s stakeholders.
His reason was that the seat was meant for the state Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, who was also scheduled to attend the meeting but she refused to budge.
Angered by his order, the presidential aide allegedly descended on him with what could be termed an executive slap.
It was gathered that some party members present during the confrontation brought the situation under control when Nwaoboshi tried to retaliate.
Nwaoboshi, who later spoke to journalists, said Mariam Ali was the aggressor.
“Despite the provocation, I did not retaliate, even when she slapped me twice and tore my dress to shreds. She could have been lynched if not for my intervention and that of security men and the elders of the party,” he said.
Nwaoboshi said Ali would be punished for her conduct.
“The party leaders have decided to report her to the party executives of her local government and wards but the state executives would write a report to the National Executive of the party over the misdeeds of Ali,” he added.