Supreme Court Rejects APC’s Application to Review Bayelsa State Judgment
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the applications for a review of its February 13, 2020, judgment which overturned the All Progressives Congress’ victory in the last governorship election in Bayelsa State.
Mr Lyon was sacked by the apex court on February 13, on grounds that his deputy, submitted forged certificates to INEC.
Justice Amina Augie who read the lead judgment said the applications amount to an invitation for the apex court to sit in appeal on its earlier judgment in violation of the Constitution.
Mr Babalola added that the Supreme Court has inherent powers to set aside its own decision because the judgment was a nullity on account of denial of fair hearing of his client.
“There must be an end to litigation,” she said, adding, “the decision of the Supreme Court is final for ages in a matter” and only legislation could change it.
She said with tears in her eyes, she regretted that “very senior” lawyers were responsible for filing the applications.
She added that the applications are frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.
It ruled that each of the lawyers must pay the N10m to each of the three respondents – the Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Duoye Diri, and the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhruojakpo.