Edo State Governor, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole surprised not a few people around the country with his decision to marry a smashing beauty, Iara Fortes (a model from Cape Verde) today May 15, 2015. Tongues are wagging but not as loudly as they did when Prof. Wole Soyinka married his lovely wife, Folake who was like half his age at the time. Now he is 80 and they are both still happy together. So Oshiomhole has a sporting chance too.
The wedding took place at Etsako West Local Government Council Marriage Registry, Auchi, while the reception took place in Oshiomhole’s country home, Iyamho.
Bustling with pride in his bride, Oshiomhole entertained the creme of society – old money, new money; old school, new school. He had waited five years after losing his first wife Clara to a long drawn battle with cancer. So he pulled out the stops to have a fun wedding. And you could tell that the reality of becoming the First Lady of Edo State wasn’t lost on Mrs Iara Oshiomhole.
Wedding guests included the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and First Lady-in-waiting Aisha, Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Africa’s richest billionaire Aliko Dangote, APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Speaker of the House of Reps, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Cross Rivers State Governor, Liyel Imoke, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Femi Otedola, Chief Tom Ikimi, Senator Bukola Saraki and Minority Whip of the House of Reps, Samson Osagie.
Others are National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Jim Ovia, President of the NLC, Ayuba Wahab, Gen. Tunde Ogbeha, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, former Governor of Edo state, Prof Osarhiemen Osunbor, former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Peter Obi, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Governor-elect of Kaduna state, Mallam ElRufai.
Members of the Edo state Executive Council was led by the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Pius Odubu, Chief Judge of Edo state, elected members of the state and National Assemblies and many others. Chairman of the occasion, Gen. Gowon, commended Oshiomhole for his decision to take a new wife and expressed optimism that more blessings will come to his life.