25th August, 2011
The path has been cleared for Prince Odianosen Okojie, the groom-to-be of Nollywood star actress, Mercy Johnson to proceed with their wedding plans starting today.
An authoritative source disclosed to P.M.NEWS that Okojie had on Tuesday 23 August, 2011, successfully secured a divorce from his estranged wife, Lovelyn Adaze Aletor Okojie.
According to the source, the divorce proceedings and its judgment were hastened up given the exigency of the matter at hand.
Okojie on 12 July had filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Lovelyn at the Igueben Area Customary Court, holden at Igueben, in the Customary Court of Edo State.
In the divorce suit No:- IACC/14/2011, Okojie had prayed for an order of dissolution of the traditional marriage contracted sometime in October 2008 at Eko Udo, in Igueben Local Government Area between his estranged wife and himself, through their respective lawful attorneys, Prince Tom Okojie and Mr. Aletor in accordance with the prevailing Esan Native Law and Custom of Udo on the ground that the â€œsaid marriage has broken down irretrievably owing to Lovelynâ€™s acts of hostility, hatred, cruelty and quarrelsomenessâ€ towards him (the petitioner).
Okojie also prayed the court to allow him refund the N100 (One hundred naira) bride price he paid on Lovelyn in respect of the said marriage which produced two kids age five and three respectively, named Miss Precious Ofure Okojie and Master Harmony Okpeibbo Okojie.
His prayers were granted just 72 hours to the commencement of the wedding ceremony.
Lovelyn has made frantic efforts to stop the marriage between her former husband and the actress. She only succeeded partially to disrupt the four-day extravaganza, the couple had planned. She has used different means possible including public sympathy and the media, especially bloggers, to thwart the wedding.
In a message and copy of the divorce certificate she sent to popular blogger, Linda Ikeji, the aggrieved lovers accused Okojie of being heartless by desperately trying to disrupt the wedding.
A source told P.M.NEWS that highly relieved Okojie and his fiancÃ©e, Mercy are upbeat as they were expected to kick start their marital union today with a court registry, followed by the traditional ceremony tomorrow at the Iba Housing Estate, Lagos family home of the Johnsons.
While the church ceremony aspect of the wedding ceremony remains doubtful, a grand reception has been scheduled for Saturday 27 August. Though the venue remains a closely guarded secret, select guests of the couple are expected to be contacted through messages regarding the location.