By Babajide Okeowo
Ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole will on Friday 15 January consummate his relationship with the daughter of Kebbi Governor, Miss Aisha Shinkafi Saidu.
The ceremony will be low-keyed 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 United Kingdom, 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 Shinkafi’s daughter and 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.
The wedding will for sure bring together the two prominent political parties in the country. Bagudu is the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum while Tambuwal is the National Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum.
Recall that in 2017 Bankole, divorced his first wife that has been a much sought -after bachelor in the circle of eligible spinsters within and outside Nigeria.
Friday’s marriage ceremony will draw the curtain on speculations regarding his matrimonial intentions since the divorce.