A Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test conducted in the United States (US) to determine the paternity of a girl alleged to be the daughter of former governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, has revealed that he is not the real father.
Prior to the conduct of the DNA test, Audu was alleged to have believed that his former First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Audu, bore him a baby girl. However, following a rift between the two, it then became imperative to conduct a DNA test in order to determine the true paternity of the girl.
Aisha, it was gathered, had before a Montgomery County Court presided over by Justice Dennis Michael Mchugh, allegedly accused her husband of domestic violence, family abandonment in US, among others. Based on the allegations, she was said to have asked the court for an absolute divorce and payment of alimony, child support as well as absolute ownership of a property in America, belonging to a company where Audu had interest.
She had also allegedly wanted the house to be designated a family home to enable her claim it as part of her divorce settlement.
Interestingly, however, Aisha lost all grounds canvassed in the case, except that of the child support.
Audu, who had earlier told the court that he doubted the paternity of the new born baby, insisted that the paternity test through DNA be conducted to determine the father of the baby, noting that Aisha was pregnant for six months at the time she left his house for America. The result of the paternity test, it was gathered, showed negative, meaning that Audu was not the father of the baby.
While confirming the development, Audu said he had insisted that a DNA test be conducted because he was suspicious of his estranged wife. Audu, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Mr. Abraham Akogu, in Abuja said he could not: “Compromise his image built over the years on the altar of cheap blackmail by a greedy woman.”
But Aisha prior to the test, had initially objected to the conduct of the DNA test, until the Montgomery County Court ordered her to submit herself for the test, a development which would have attracted contempt charge, if she had failed to surrender herself.
Following the result of the test, Audu was said to have insisted that a similar DNA test be carried out on the remaining two children for determination of their biological father. This will enable him to decide whether or not he will be liable for payment of child support of the two boys. Further hearing in the matter will take place in Maryland court on September 8, 2011.