By Jonathan Ugbal; Government House Correspondent
The atmosphere in Peregrino House, the Cross River State government House is in festive mood as Mr. Martin Orim, the Chief of Staff to Cross River governor, Senator Ben Ayade, will on Saturday take his wife Lucy Orim (nee Undiaundeye) to church in holy matrimony.
The wedding bells will be ringing at the R.C.M Catholic Parish in Udigie, Obudu local government area by 11:00 AM where the duo will be tying their nuptial knot in a manner befitting their status as members of the Roman Catholic Church after doing same traditionally a few years ago and blessed with three daughters.
This will be the first time a sitting Chief of Staff to the state governor is taking a spouse to the altar since the advent of the fourth republic with unconfirmed information suggesting there are provisions being made to ensure the event is grand with free buses available to convey willing attendees.
However, there are strong indications the governor might not be in attendance as the Zonal congress of the People’s Democratic Party is scheduled for the same day in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state though some believe the governor might send a representative either way and stay back in Calabar.
Also, competent sources informed CrossRiverWatch that despite the funds approved for the event by the government, the governor himself, his brother Frank and several other political bigwigs in the state are fighting tooth and nail to show solidarity with the Chief of Staff through contributions and support.
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