Many thought he would crown years of speculations of opposition to the union by absenting himself from the marriage ceremony.
This was based on the fact that many of the invitees were already in attendance before he showed up.
His conspicuous absence in the early hours of the event had created platform for rumours of different colours to swirl around the hall and among the gaily dressed guests at the occasion.
The four years of celebrated courtship of the couple was tainted with rumours of stiff opposition to the affair by the Groom’s parent.
The event was the wedding ceremony of Olumide Akande and Actress Dakore Egbuson.
The personality in question , the groom’s father Billionaire Harry Akande.
The serial presidential aspirant had arrived the venue of the church service at exactly 3.23 pm in the company of his wife.
He spent 20 minutes of this period inside his car- a white Range Rover Sport- parked outside of the venue, The Guiding Light Assembly, Park View, Ikoyi Lagos.
This was despite the fact that Chairman of the occasion former Head of state Yakubu Gowon and guests such as Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Elder statesman Ayo Adebanjo, former Federal Director Budget and Planning, Olawale Kuye and his wife, Priscilla and others were already on seat.
General Yakubu Gowon (rtd)and Senator Tunde Ogbeha led the pack with an arrival time earlier than the appointed 2.00 pm for the event to kick off.
The Bride’s parents were next in line with an arrival time of minutes after 2.00 p.m.
The groom, Olumide arrived the church at exactly 2.48 pm in a black Range Rover Sport.
He was 35 minutes earlier than his father, Chief Harry Akande.
The norm was that the Groom and Bride’s parent were seated before the arrival of the couple.
The delay in the arrival of Chief Akande topped discussions at the venue with multiple excuses including possible boycott bandied about openly.
Insiders claimed that his action led to the lateness in the arrival of the Bride, Dakore.
The couple and other organisers didn’t want a situation that the couple would be ready and waiting for the arrival of the groom’s father for proceedings to start like any other guest’
The gait and mien of the billionaire on arrival dispelled talks of possible ill health as responsible for his lateness.
Others that attributed the development to the stress of his lost bid to become the candidate of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) at the party’s convention held a day before wedding didn’t entertain much conviction when they saw him- he didn’t appear fatigued based on appearance.
The Bride arrived 22 minutes after Chief Akande and the wedding service officiated by Pastor Wale Adefarasin commenced immediately.
It lasted barely two hours and the guests moved to KFA Events Centre, Lekki for the reception.
However, unlike the church service that all manners of guests had free access, the entry requirement was strict.
Photographers and Videographers were barred from capturing the affair for posterity.
Respected media personality and publisher of highly rated celebrity magazine, Chief Dele Momodu staged a walk out with others in tow over the development.