Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu, a 27-year-old Deltan and father of three children, has said he wanted to see the Executive Governor of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who according to him, is his biological father.
He said his mother just told him that the Lagos governor was his father.
He made the assertions while talking to journalists at the premises of the Delta State High Court 2 sitting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta recently. Emmanuel, who said that his mother hails from Oleri community in the Udu Local Government Area, disclosed that his mother had only him for Sanwo-Olu before she married another man.
He said: “I am 100 per cent sure that I am the son of Governor Sanwo-Olu. I just want to see the man, Sir, as my father.”
Emmanuel told newsmen that he does menial jobs to survive with his wife and three kids. He also stated that he has not seen his father for the past 27 years.
While talking to journalists, Emmanuel’s counsel, John Aikpokpo-Martins, said the claimant was his client in a case in which the Lagos State governor is a defendant, which came up for hearing before the court that day.
In the Suit No: EHC/148/2022 between Emmanuel Moses Sanwo-Olu and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the claimant made it known that he was the conjugal product of a congenial relationship that existed between his mother, Grace Moses, and the defendant in 1994/95.
Also in his writ of summons issued by J. O. Aikpokpo-Martins, Esq., the claimant is praying the court for the following:
“A declaration that the defendant is the biological father of the claimant begotten from Madam Grace Moses of Oleri, Delta State.
“An order directing and compelling the defendant to acknowledge and accord the claimant all the rights of a son in accordance to all the laws applicable whether customarily, statutorily, or constitutionally.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further denying the parenthood of the claimant.”
In the 19-paragraph statement of claim attached to the writ, the claimant claimed that Governor Sanwo-Olu was a staff of a private company operating in Warri and its environs in Delta State between 1994 to 1995, and in the course of residing in Warri during that period, he had a sexual relationship with a girl known as Grace Moses from Oleri village near Warri metropolis, Delta State from between 1994 and 1995.
He alleged that the said Grace Moses eventually became pregnant for the defendant in 1994 to the defendant’s knowledge and without any form of recriminations from him. Shortly after, the defendant left Warri and Grace Moses lost contact with him till date.
Aikpokpo-Martins revealed that he had earlier filed a motion to strike out the matter on the grounds that the Executive Governor was not ready to wave his immunity but added that he had also filed an application requesting an order for the governor to wave his immunity to come for a DNA test.
He said: “We are expecting that he (the governor) will do that if indeed, he is sure that he is not the father of the claimant.
“But unfortunately, he invoked his immunity to say he is immune against lawsuits and he is not ready to wave it.
“Upon that, they brought the application that the court should not hear the matter, and that the court should strike out the matter.”
“From now till the next adjourned date, which is January 17, let’s see whether morally his conscience can be appealed to, or bring himself forward for a DNA test with Emmanuel. It does not need to be in the press. It can be done quietly. Nobody wants to actually make noise with him but he has actually extremely proved very difficult to scientific verification with the claimant.
“If it happens that Emmanuel is not his son, he goes home. It’s a very simple thing. But if it’s his own, then the young man will be happy that at least, he knows where he comes from. By then, he now has the power and authority to go into the Sanwo-Olu family as a member of the family.”
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