‘My new wife was not a model’ – Governor says

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Oshiomhole said marrying Iara will never be a replacement for his late wife, Clara, who married him when he was nobody.

Contrary to speculations that the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole’s new wife, Iara Fortes was a top model and a former Miss Cape Verde, the former labour leader said it is untrue.

Speaking at their wedding thanksgiving mass held at theImmaculate Conception Cathedral, Auchi on Sunday, May 17, Oshiomhole said Iara may have the look of a model, but she was never one.

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“When I read newspaper stories and they say that Comrade has married a ‘top model’ I’m like maybe it’s another person. The lady that God has directed to my path and heart to marry is not and was not a model. Of course, she looks beautiful and I understand that is why people assume that this kind of a lady must be a model but of course, she is a model in my heart and we hope and pray that we will be models in the heart of our God and I think that is the most important thing,” he said.

The Governor added that marrying Iara will never be a replacement for his late wife, Clara, who married him when he was nobody.

Oshiomhole said, “I ask you to please continue to pray for us. It is not easy. I lost my first wife and it is not possible to replace her. Yes, I have married another but it is not a replacement. You cannot replace a wife especially one you married when you were young and you were anonymous. Nobody knew you from anywhere, you had nothing, no car, no house; now, that you can never replace but I understand that under the Catholic doctrine I am entitled to have another wife which is what I am trying to do.”

“Thank you for your prayers, support and blessings that you have always showered on me and the one you conveyed this morning on me and my new wife and we ask for more and more prayers that this marriage will be my last and that God will help us, to unite us and bond us together with the blood of Jesus”

His late wife, Clara, died about five years ago from cancer. The Governor remarried Iara, a Cape Verde national on Friday, May 15, 2005in Edo State.