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Sanwo-Olu is my father, 27-year-old man tells court

Delta-based man Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu has claimed he is the son of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Emmanuel filed a suit at the High Court 2 sitting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta to compel the governor to submit himself for DNA test.

Counsel to the claimant John Aikpokpo-Martins said the matter came up for hearing on Tuesday.

Aikpokpo-Martins, who is the former first vice president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) told reporters that, “The lawyers to Sanwo-Olu, Templas law firm, had earlier filed a motion to strike out the matter on the grounds that the governor was not ready to wave his immunity.”

Aikpokpo-Martins said he had also filed an application seeking an order for the governor to waive his immunity to come for a DNA test.

According to the legal practitioner, “We are expecting that he 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 law suits and he is not ready to wave it.

“Upon that, they brought the application that the court should not hear the matter. The court should strike out the matter.”

Aikpokpo-Martins urged the Lagos State governor to validate the paternity of his client saying, “nothing more to it.”

“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,” he said.

Emmanuel also spoke with the press, saying his mother had only him for Sanwo-Olu before she married another man whom she had other children with.

“I just want to see the man as my father,” he said, adding that, “for the past 27 years, I have not seen my father”.

Emmanuel said he is married and has three children.

The case has been adjourned till January 17.

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