The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been summoned before a Delta State High Court sitting at Effurun, Delta State, by one Emmanuel Moses Sanwo-Olu claiming to be his biological son.
According to the suit NO.: EHC/148/2022 between Emmanuel Moses Sanwo-Olu and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the claimant claimed that he was the product of a relationship that existed between his mother, Grace Moses, and the defendant in 1994/95.
In his writ of summons issued by J. O. Aikpokpo-Martins, Esq., and Exclusively obtained newsmen, the claimant pleaded the court for;
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“a. A declaration that the Defendant is the biological father of the Claimant begotten from Madam Grace Moses of Oleri, Delta State.
b. An order directing and compelling the Defendant to acknowledge and accord the claimant all the rights of a son following all the laws applicable whether customarily, statutorily, or constitutionally.
c. An Order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further denying the parenthood of the claimant.”
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Also, in a 19-paragraph statement of claims attached to the writ, the claimant stated that Sanwo-Olu was a staff of a private company operating in Warri, Delta State from 1994 to 1995, and dated a girl known as Grace Moses from Oleri village near the Warri metropolis.
He further alleged that the said Grace Moses became pregnant for the governor in 1994 to the defendant’s knowledge and got no form of recriminations from him.
But shortly after, the defendant disappeared and Moses never communicated with him to date.
The claimant averred that his mother, in the bid to reach
Sanwo-Olu again visited the only person he introduced to her as his sister, who was then living at Jakpa Road axis of Warri-Effurun.
She was then informed by the said sister that the defendant had been transferred out of the state then Moses resigned to fate.
The Claimant’s statement further noted that Moses eventually gave birth to him, and named him Emmanuel Moses; (Moses been the claimant’s mother’s family name).
The claimant noted he was raised all by his mother in shame, despair, and difficulties as may be reasonably expected for an unmarried poor girl from a poorer background.
Over time, she enrolled her son in school as Emmanuel Moses.
As may be expected, with time, the claimant started asking who his father was and demanded to know his family. Under intense pressure, Emmanuel was informed that his father was a Yoruba man known as Jide Sanwo-Olu, who claimed to hail from both Ijebu-Ode and Epe; that was the little the claimant’s mother knew about the defendant’s background.
The claimant explained that his mother further informed him that some unique features she noticed in the defendant then was that the defendant was left-handed and always clean-shaven. She also remembered the defendant to be very gentle, caring, respectful, and soft-spoken.
Documents of the case further states that, “The claimant avers that sometime in 2022, someone suddenly drew his attention to the fact that the defendant who was being featured on the television also bears Sanwo-Olu and of the unique fact that the defendant was also left-handed and looks like him.
“The claimant could not believe this until he watched the video of the defendant on television inspecting some projects. He, therefore, visited his mother for more quizzing; he downloaded the picture of the defendant from his Instagram page and also downloaded pictures of 7 other men and gave them to his mother to identify who his father was.
“The claimant’s mother positively identified the picture of the defendant from amongst the several pictures brought before her as the man she had an affair with between 1994 to 1995. The claimant’s mother at this stage did not know that the defendant was the Governor of Lagos State.
The recorded video of the television broadcast of the defendant was also played for the claimant’s mother and she instantaneously and positively identified the defendant as the Jide Sanwo-Olu who was in Delta State from1994-95, and with whom she had a scintillating affair with; got her pregnant and the father of the claimant.”
Emmanuel added that all attempts to reach the defendant have since proved futile and therefore necessitated instant action.
He further stated that during the trial, he shall seek for a DNA test to prove his claim and hereby call on the defendant to waive his constitutional immunity to agree to a DNA test if he insists that he is not the claimant’s father.
The case, however, was adjourned until Aug.1, 2022, but the defendant was yet to respond at the time of filing this report.