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27-year-old Man Claims Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Is His Biological Father

A 27-year-old man and father of three children, Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu, has expressed a strong desire to see the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whom he claims to be his biological father.

According to him, his mother told him that the Lagos governor is his father.

However, Sanwo-Olu through his lawyers has invoked the immunity clause in a paternity suit at the Effurun Division of the Delta State High Court to prevent him from submitting to a DNA test.

Emmanuel had filed a lawsuit before the court alleging that the Lagos governor is his biological father.

He said his mother, Grace Moses, told him that Sanwo-Olu fathered him. He told the court that his mother and Mr Sanwo-Olu had a relationship between 1994 and 1995.

He submitted a 19-paragraph statement that claimed Sanwo-Olu was an employee of a company operating in Delta from 1994 to 1995, stating that he impregnated his mother in 1994.

He said his mother lost contact with the governor when he relocated from Warri.

In the suit numbered EHC/148/2022 between Emmanuel Moses Sanwo-Olu and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the claimant averred that he was the conjugal product of a congenial relationship that existed between his mother and the defendant in 1994/95.

Also in his writ of summons issued by J. O. Aikpokpo-Martins, Esq., the claimant is asking 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.”

Aikpokpo-Martins disclosed that he had filed a motion to strike out the matter on the grounds that the governor was not ready to wave his immunity, but he quickly added that he had also filed an application seeking 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.”

The lawyer, however, pleaded with Governor Sanwo-Olu to validate the paternity of his client saying, “nothing more to it.”

“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.”

BBC

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