By Oyinlola Awonuga (The New Diplomat’s Entertainment, Fashion and Sports Desk)
Ex-House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole has finally found love again as he will take the marriage vows with the daughter of Kebbi Governor, Miss Aisha Shinkafi Saidu on Friday, January 15.
In 2017, Bankole had divorced his first wife and has since been on the lookout for another lady of his dream the world over. That lady happens to be Aisha Shinkafi Saidu.
Friday’s marriage ceremony will draw the curtain on speculations regarding his matrimonial intentions since the divorce.
According to reports, the ceremony will be low key owing to COVID-19 protocols.
At the introduction ceremony, Sokoto Governor and Bankole’s successor as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, led the groom’s family to the bride’s family home to seek her hand in marriage.
The bride, a lawyer and graduate of the University of Hull in the UK is a granddaughter of late political heavyweight and one time head of Nigeria’s security organisation Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, Marafan Sokoto.
The bride’s mother is a sister to the former Zamfara Governor, Aliyu Shinkafi.
A statement from the Bankole family of Iporo, Abeokuta disclosed that a quiet introduction between the two families took place to kick off the joining together in line with Islamic and traditional injunctions.
Friday’s event will be the culmination of a courtship that both families had kept very discreet.
Recall Bagudu is the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum, while Tambuwal is the National Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum.
And so the wedding will bridge political divides and bring together the two prominent political parties in the country, as well as their creme de la creme actors.