Monday, 10 June 2019

Ex-Governor Sullivan Chime’s wife reveals why she abandoned her matrimonial home

Clara Chime, estranged wife of former governor of Enugu state, Chime Sullivan, says she left her matrimonial house for the “fear of my life”.

Clara made this known while being cross-examined by the counsel to the former governor, Paul Onyia, in the petition filed by Chime for the dissolution of their 11-year-old marriage at an FCT High Court, Apo, on Monday.

She informed the court that she met her husband while he was the governor of Enugu.

She also told the court that she bought her landed property from the Enugu state housing corporation, adding that she paid for it after leaving the office.

“I bought two vehicles; a Lexus 570 SUV and a BMW S6 for myself while married to the former governor,” she said.

“I did not use his money to buy those vehicles from the allowances I received as the wife of the governor. I have the title documents of the landed property.”

Asked if she was aware that the petitioner ceased to be governor since 2015, Clara said, “I am aware that he ceased to be Enugu state governor on May 29, 2015.”

She, however, disclosed that she did not know how much the former governor earned as pension, alleging that her estranged husband has refused to allow her see her only child.

She also informed the court that she was involved in oil and gas business, adding that she had been living well despite not receiving maintenance allowance from her husband since the time they had been living apart.

“I have no idea of how much he is being paid as pension,” Clara said.

“I only see my child during church service or social events whenever I am in town.”

After listening to her testimony, Angela Otaluka,  the presiding judge, adjourned the case till October 14 for adoption of final written addresses.

Clara had asked the court to grant her custody of their 10-year-old son in response to the prayer made by the former governor seeking the dissolution of their marriage.

She had told the court that her son was not properly cared for, adding that she was only allowed to see him five hours a month, under heavy security.

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