A forty-seven-year-old woman, Grace Moses today appeared at the Delta State High Court 2 sitting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of the State urging the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to come and collect his child from her.
Grace Moses spoke with newsmen shortly after the Court adjourned the case involving the governor and her son, Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu.
“My message to Sanwo-Olu is that he should come and collect his child. The baby is grown up. He is troubling me. If not for God, I would have been dead by now.”
Grace Moses said because of the pregnancy she couldn’t go to school due to pressure from her mother who chased her out of the house because they had waited for Sanwo-Olu to no avail.
She said, in her bid to also abort the baby, she drank “lime” saying, “E nor dey commot.”
Grace Moses said she sold pigs for people and she was paid one hundred and fifty naira which she used as upkeep for herself and the child.
“The baby is now grown and he’s threatening to kill me if I do not show him his father”.
The woman claimed she met the governor in 1995 when she was 19 years old.
She said Governor Sanwo-Olu was working with a construction firm at Ubogo Community in Udu Local Government Area at the time.
Grace Moses said they began a relationship which resulted in pregnancy pointing out that the governor took her to a hospital in Agbarho Community, Ughelli North Local Government Area where he terminated the pregnancy.
The woman who spoke in pidgin English said after a few days Governor Sanwo-Olu also had sex with her which resulted in another pregnancy.
According to the woman, since then Mr. Sanwo-Olu abandoned her and travelled out of the State on the grounds that he was transferred to work in Maiduguri, Borno State.
She said she was left to carry the pregnancy and delivery of the baby all alone without the assistance of Sanwo-Olu and any member of his family.
Grace Moses told her son, Emanuel Sanwo-Olu that his father is not a cripple. “Your papa nor be cripple. Sanwo-Olu nai be him name. He uses his left hand for anything. He nor dey carry Afro. He always dey barb low cut. Your papa na Yoruba man. He always dey put hand for pocket.”
Grace Moses noted that up till now, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has refused to grant her and the son, Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu audience to see him.
Also in a chat with newsmen, Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu who was at the Court on December 6, 2022, said Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has not reached out to him since that time. He said attempts for him to meet has been unsuccessful.
While noting that it is people that own a child, Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu said he is not after his father because he has money or he is now the governor of Lagos State. He, however, said, “I just want to know that this is my father.”
He said his mother told him how she met his father, Babajide Sanwo-Olu many years ago. “I am not seeing anybody as my father’s relatives. I am bothered about it because my friends are mocking me.”
Meanwhile, the Delta State High Court 2 Sitting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area have adjourned the matter in Suit Number: EHC/148/2022 to February 13, 2023, for hearing of the application before it.
Mr. John Aikpokpo-Martins, Counsel to Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu and his mother, Grace Moses disclosed this to newsmen at the Court’s premises.
He said Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had filed for preliminary objections that he is immune in the matter as a governor