Aishetu Oshiomhole, the mother of the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that she backed her son’s marriage to Iara Fortes to avoid crisis in the governor’s immediate family.
Mr. Oshiomhole married Cape Verdean Iara Fortes at a private wedding attended by family members and friends including Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on May 15 in Edo State; five years after his first wife, Clara, died of cancer.
In an interview with Vanguard Newspaper, the governor’s mother described Iara Fortes as a very good woman who behaves like the governor’s late wife.
“I supported him to marry a foreigner so that the relationship between my son and his children will remain cordial. Our Nigerian women will go and destroy the family just because they want property. That was the main reason I supported him to marry a foreigner when he told me about it.
So I am happy about it. Besides, the new wife is a very good woman,” she said.
Mrs. Oshiomhole also spoke of her late daughter-In-law, describing her as a peace loving person.
“Normally, people spend two years or less before they marry again but Comrade decided to wait for five years due to the love he had for his late wife. And Clara was a good person, very lovely and nice to all of us. So we supported Comrade for taking time to re-marry because we loved Clara.
“Comrade and the former wife lived very happily, there was no quarrel, nothing at all and that was why he mourned for five years. I am happy that he brought a wife that will bring him and the children together,” she stated.
Speaking on her son’s new wife, she described her as “very accommodating, understanding and hard working.”
“And you know my son travels a lot as a governor. He needs a woman who understands his work and that is the kind of wife he married. She is just like Clara,” she said.