Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) member Chief Chris Uba has given out his daughter Nonye in marriage to Anyim (Jnr), son of Senator Anyim Udeh, at Uga in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. ODOGWU EMEKA ODOGWU reports.
THE couple rode on the political wings of their parents. The groom is the son of a Senator and the bride, the daughter of Chief Chris Uba, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT). So, on June 29, all roads led to Umuoru Village in Uga, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, for the traditional wedding of Anyim Udeh (Jnr), son of Senator Anyim Udeh and Nonye, Uba’s daugther.
It was a grand ceremony which attracted the who is who in Anambra and Ebonyi states and other parts of the country. They came to Uga, the Uba’s countryhome for the fairytale wedding. The Junior Udeh, an Abuja-based businessman is the fourth child of the Senator. They hail from Akaeze village in Ebonyi State.
Over four groups wore a uniform fabric aso ebi, with each accompanying the bride, the groom, the bride’s mother, and the Uba family.
The ceremony began around 3:30pm.
Chief Morroco Maduka and his band as well as a musician, Flavour, entertained guests before the arrival of the community elders.
They asked Nonye to go and collect a cup of palm wine from her father as tradition to give her to husband.
Nonye complied; walked round; knelt before a handsome guy and handed him the cup of palm wine, a gesture that signifies, “take me as your wife.”
Anyim (Jnr) drank from the cup and returned it with a wad of notes.
The gathering yelled as the duo stood up, dancing towards the elders who called on some dignitaries to pray for them.
Blessing the couple, Uba prayed God to bless the union. He urged his daughter to love her husband.
“Any day you have a problem, don’t call me or your mother, but go to God. He has a solution to every problem,” he said.
Deputy Senate President Senator Ike Ekweremadu enjoined the couple to live in peace and to place God first in all they do.
The groom’s father, Senator Udeh, who has been in public service for over 46 years, said: “It is a thing of joy for parents to be alive and see their children through educational institutions and get to the age of getting married. I pray God to give them as many children as they want and the resources to train the children. I expect them to go beyond the level I attained in life.”
Senator Andy Uba urged his niece to respect her husband.
“I will want them to respect themselves. We have never abused our wives in my family. My prayer is that they will live together forever till death do them part; and they will be better, richer, and more prosperous than we all are,” he said.
Chief Victor Umeh, the factional national Chairman of All Progressive Grand Aliance (APGA)said: “People from all parts of Nigeria are here to witness this event and, because of that, they have no option in life than to live together in love. Marriage is not as easy as people think. But with love and prayer, they will succeed.”
In their vote of thanks, the couple prayed God to grant the guests journey mercies back home and replenish their purse.
Nonye said: “I am glad for today. For those who are still waiting for their Mr. Right, let them pray and be patient; with time, everything will take its normal shape.”
Anyim (Jnr) said Nonye is the apple of his eyes.
“Based on my relationship with God, I know she is the wife I have been waiting for. She is really wonderful and I am grateful to God,” he said.
In attendance were governors of Anambra and Abia states Peter Obi and Theodore Orji and their Kano State counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso; Senators Ayogu Eze (Enugu); Bello Tukur (Adamawa); Kabir Marafa (Zamfara); Garuba Gamawa (Bauchi); Nenadi Usman (Kaduna); Aisha Al-Hassan (Taraba) and the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.
Also there were Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Major-Gen. Ike Nwachukwu; former Governor of Old Anambra, Jim Nwobodo; former Minister of Aviation, Ambassador Kema Chikwe; the Corp Marshal of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Chief Osita Chidioka; former Inspector-General of Police Ogbonnaya Onovo; Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Joy Emodi and her Technical Matters Counterpart, Chief Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo; Enugu State Commissioner of Lands, Dr. Emeka Ujam; Hon Justice Chuma of Ebonyi State High Court; Dr Alex Obiogbolu; Arthur Nwandu; Treasurer of Ohaneze Ndigbo Damian Okeke; Anambra State House of Assembly members, Hon Rebecca Udorji, Val Anyika and Tony Muonagor.
Okey Goodluck Nwankwo