The governor and his bride signed the marriage register in the presence of family members and few friends. Thereafter, dignitaries in the country, led by the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari were ushered into the wedding reception held at the People’s White Hall in the governor’s country home.
Among other dignitaries who also graced the ceremony were the Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and his wife Dolapo as well as National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun led chieftains of the party, including governors and governors-elect to the event. Also, Senators Bukola Saraki, Domingo Obende and a host of other senators-elect graced the ceremony.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal led members of the House of Representatives and incoming ones to the wedding reception.
Captains of Industry at the ceremony included, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr Jim Ovia, Mr. Femi Otedola, Captain Noggie Meggisson, Captain Hosa Okunbor, among others.
Royal fathers were not left out as they attended the ceremony in their numbers. The Oba of Benin was represented by 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 were also in attendance. The Director-General of the Department of State Security was represented by Engr Joseph Oworuya, while Mr. Bello Bakori, Director, DSS 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 to their father and his wife.
The governor’s marriage is coming about five years after the painful death of his first wife, Clara Oshiomhole, following a protracted battle with cancer.
The delectable Iara, a lawyer and top model, is from the Cape Verde Islands.
In his remark, the chairman of the ceremony, General Yakubu Gowon said the governor’s wife completes and complements him. He therefore, admonished the couple to show true love and have patience in their dealings with one another.
Also, wife of the president-elect, Aisha Buhari described Oshiomhole’s wife as beautiful saying, “but for you to marry a Nigerian you need to cook Edi Kang Ikong, Egusi, and our Nigerian foods.