Supreme Court dismisses APC, Lyon’s application to review Bayelsa judgment

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the All Progressives Congress (APC) application for the review of its judgment that sacked the party’s Bayelsa governorship candidate, David Lyon, and deputy, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

Justice Amina Augie on Wednesday, February 26, noted that the application lacked merit and added that the ruling of the apex court is final for all ages. She also described the applications are frivolous, vexatious and constituted a gross abuse of court process.

A seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta said the applications amount to an invitation for the apex court to sit in appeal on its earlier judgment in violation of the Constitution.

She said granting the applications would open a floodgate for the review of decisions of the Supreme Court.

“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.

She said that with tears in her eyes she regretted that “very senior” lawyers were responsible for filing the applications.

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The apex court awarded the costs of N10m to be personally paid by Lyon’s lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), and APC’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

Justice Augie went on the state that the applicants failed to point out errors and ask the counsels of the APC and Mr Lyon are to each pay Governor Douye Diri, his deputy Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and the PDP the same N10 million.

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