It was a gathering of Nigeria’s political A-List as Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State exchanged marital vows with his heartthrob, former Miss Iara Fortes, on Friday.
The Governor and his bride had earlier signed the dotted lines at a private marriage registry attended only by family and a few friends at his Iyamho residence after which dignitaries in the country were led by the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to the wedding reception held at the People’s White Hall in the Governor’s country home.
Also present were the Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo.
APC chieftains were led by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Governors and Governors-elect across the country, Senators Bukola Saraki, Domingo Obende and a host of others and Senators-elect from across the country were also in attendance. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Tambuwal led members of the legislative chamber and incoming ones to the reception.
Captains of Industry at the ceremony included Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr Jim Ovia, Mr Femi Otedola, Captain Noggie Meggisson and Captain Hosa Okunbor, among others.
Royal fathers were not left out as the attended the ceremony in their numbers.
The Oba of Benin was represented high ranking palace chiefs, which included Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, former Governors Kayode Fayemi, Oserheimen Osunbor, Senator Tunde Ogbeha; Osaigbovo Ogbemudia,Otunba Niyi Adebayo were also in attendance.
Top military brass including Brigadier-General MJ Abel, Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Auchi also honoured the couple. The Director-General of the State Security was represented by Engr Joseph oworuya, while Mr Bello Bakori, Director, SSS Edo State was also at the ceremony.
Parents of the bride, Mr and Mrs Fortes flew in from their home in the Netherlands to attend the ceremony while the Governor’s mother, Hajia Aishetu Oshiomhole was also in attendance.
The Governor’s children Steve, Adams, Jane and two of his grandchildren were also on hand to show love and support for their father and his new wife.
The Governor’s marriage is coming about five years after the death of his first wife, Clara, following a protracted battle with cancer.
The bride, a lawyer and top model, is from the Cape Verde Islands.
The chairman of the ceremony, General Yakubu Gowon observed that the new wife completes and complements Oshiomhole and he admonished the couple to show true love and have patience in their dealings with one another.