The wedding between Rev. Elvis Opune of All Saints Anglican Cathedral Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and Grace Chika Olunze of Umuchoke Mbaitolu, Imo State was aborted by the authorities of the church over alleged double dating.
Opune, his bride, and guests were seated inside the church’s ultra-modern building at 9:30am for the wedding as required by the church, when one of the priests in the church, Ven. Kingsley Okoro, came in and announced that the wedding would no longer hold unless miracle occurred and asked everyone in the church to leave.
Okoro, who said that the directive to stop the wedding came from ‘above’, did not however disclose the reason for the cancellation of the wedding.
Shocked parishioners, guests and other priests who were inside the church discussed the announcement in groups.
One of the parishioners, who simply gave her name as Helen, however, told Sunday Vanguard that Opune had been accused of dating a girl but did not marry her after promising her marriage.
The girl was said to have lodged a complaint on Friday night that the priest was dating her and dumped her after promising her marriage.
Meanwhile, a popular evangelist, who pleaded anonymity, said Opune and Grace should have wedded two years ago but could not because of undisclosed reason. He noted that Grace, because of the matter, decided to quit the relationship but later reconciled with the pastor and they rescheduled their wedding for yesterday.
When contacted, Opune declined comments.
Also, the bishop of the cathedral, Rt. Rev. Monday Nkwoagu, refused to give our reporter audience when he visited the Bishop’s Court for his reaction.
The guests, including a former Minister of State for Power and Steel, Chief Goddy Ogbaga, and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Abakaliki, Professor Fidelis Okpata, left the church after waiting for some time to know if the church will make a u-turn on the wedding.
The prospective couple had celebrated their traditional marriage last Wednesday at the bride’s home town in Imo State.