Review of Bayelsa guber judgment: Supreme Court awards N10m cost against APC’s legal team

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, awarded the cost of N10 million against the All Progressives Congress (APC) to be personally paid by their lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).

According to Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment, the application lacked merit, adding that the decisions of the court wee final.

She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment was final for all ages.

The apex court judge said the judgment was final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth could review the judgment.

“There must be an end to litigation; even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost,” she said.

She added that the applications were frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.

The legal team of the APC wanted the apex court to set aside the “wrong” interpretation given to its judgment of February 13, 2020 and its subsequent execution by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party , among others, contended that the Supreme Court, in its judgment, misinterpreted the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which it (the Supreme Court) affirmed.

The APC argued that the Supreme Court acted without jurisdiction and denied the APC fair hearing when it proceeded to disqualify its governorship candidate even though the Federal High Court, in the judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo, which the apex court affirmed, refused PDP’s prayer to disqualify Lyon.

The party also faulted the interpretation given to the apex court’s judgment by the INEC in deciding to issue the certificate of return to the candidate of the PDP.

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