– Former President Goodluck Jonathan attended the event with his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan and former PDP governors – At the event, he sat next to his political rival, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, reportedly led a very large delegation of former governors as well as other political office holders to Minna, Niger state on Friday, May 12 to grace the wedding ceremony of Halima, the daughter of former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida. The former president sat next to his political rival and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Halima is getting married to Auwal Lawal Abdullai who is the Sarkin Sudan of Gombe. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the wedding ceremony which was to commence at 11:30 am was yet to hold at 1:50 pm.
According to the report, those present at the ceremony include Alhaji Namadi Sambo, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi, the chairman of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, the former governor of Sokoto state and Alhaji Shinkafi Mamudu, the former governor of Zamafara. Others seen at the ceremony include Isa Yuguda, former governor of Bauchi state; Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa; Ibrahim Shema, former governor of Kastina; Alhaji Abubakar Dakingari, former governor of Kebbi and Abubakar Musa, another former governor of Kebbi.
Also in attendance are Pius Anyim Pius, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Justice Idris Kutigi, a former Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Alhaji Ahmed Yayale, former SGF; General Magoro, Senator Ben Obi, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Haruna and Alhaji Sani Zango Daura. The report added that top Nigerian businessman, Aliko Dangote and Mr Mark Snoxell, the managing director of Dornier Aircraft were at the event.
General Aliyu Gusau, who served several times as National Security Adviser; Dr Okwezili Nwodo, former PDP national secretary; Alhaji Modibo, former FCT minister, Oba Hamid Adekunle, Oluwo Kuta were also in attendance.
Air Marshall Hamza Abdullahi, Gen Garba Duba, Sen Aliyu Wamakko, Sen Yarima Abdullahi, Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso, Sen Nuhu Aliyu, a former police, attended the event.