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it was a day of glamour and joy in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital as the governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave his first daughter, Miss Ayomide Amosun’s hand out in marriage to Mr. Oladipo Dabiri, the son of Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The wedding ceremony which attracted dignitaries from all walks of life had in attendance the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, serving and former governors, All Progressives Congress party leaders, members of the National Assembly and state houses of assembly, royal fathers as well as business moguls.
African Church Primary School, Ita Iyalode, Abeokuta, the venue of the traditional engagement and Nikkah ceremony was filled to capacity with dignitaries, whose power dressing and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) marked them out as the fortunate ones.
Meanwhile, one of the low points of the event was the activity of miscreants who unfortunately gained access into the specially designed marquee for the purpose of the wedding. Society Gists was privy to all the heinous activities of the miscreants who stole from the high and mighty. As the dignitaries were being entertained, some security officials and miscreants were busy extorting money from the dignitaries and relieving them of their belongings.
Among victims of these miscreants was the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who lost his very expensive phone to them. Also a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Gbenga Obadara lost his phone and was somber till he eventually left the event.
The event was chaired by Hon. Justice Alfa Belgore who was at his best and also advised the couple on how to be best of friends. “What is happening today is a testimony of the kindness and good character of the couple’s parents,” he said while praying that God would continue to protect the union and give the couple wisdom to live in perfect harmony.
Expressing his joy, the bride’s father and Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun thanked all for honouring his family and sharing in his family’s happiness, urging the couple to imbibe tolerance, trust and the fear of God as the foundation of their marriage.
Supervising the cutting of the very massive cake, the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo prayed for the couple to enjoy great favour, love and affection in their marital life. Among other dignitaries at the talk-of-the-town wedding were his wife Dolapo, former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Senator Gbenga Obadara, Chief Adebutu Kessington, Alake Of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and his wife, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, newly wedded daughter of the president Zahra Buhari-Indimi, Lagos socialite Joko Oni, Wole Aboderin, Demola Seriki, Biodun Sobanjo of Insight Communications, Yomi Badejo Okusanya, Chief Sunny Kuku, Aare Bola Akin Olugbade, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Lanre Tejuosho, Otunba Rotimi Daramola , Bayo Onanuga as well as other high society big wigs like Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, former Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith, former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, Commissioner of Police Ogun State, Ahmed Iliyasu.
Also present were the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), the controversial Senator Dino Melaye, former Managing Director of GT Bank, Fola Adeola, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Governor Kashim Shettima (Bornu), Governor Abdul-Azeez Yari (Zamfara), Governor Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor Bello Masari (Katsina), Governor Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Governor Abdul-Fatah Ahmed (Kwara),
Chief Bisi Akande, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, his finance counterpart, Kemi Adeosun, head of the defunct Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan, Chief Femi Majekodunmi, Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Osile Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom and Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu.