A young man identified as Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu has said that he is the son of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, born in 1994 and badly wants to meet him.
The 27-year-old Emmanuel claimed his mother told him about his father while speaking with journalists at the premises of the Delta State High Court 2 sitting in Effurun on Tuesday.
He stated that though his mom had other children, he was the only one she bore for the Lagos state Governor.
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The indigene of Oleri community who’s a father of 3, said his occupation was ‘causal jobs’.
Emmanuel has taken the Governor to court to assert that he is indeed his son through Suit No: EHC/148/2022. His counsel John Aikpokpo-Martins confirmed the case.
“I am 100 per cent sure that I am the son of Governor Sanwo-Olu”, the young man insisted, saying, “I just want to see the man, Sir, as my father.”
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.”
According to Emmanuel, his mom Grace Moses and the Governor had met while he was was a staff of a private company operating in Warri and its environs in Delta State from 1994 to 1995.
He claims that Governor Sanwo-Olu had subsequently departed Delta state even though he was aware that his mother had conceived from their conjugal relationship.
Emmanuel’s counsel 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.”
The Governor is yet to claim his alleged son as at the time of this report.
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