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.
A seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta stated that the applications filed by the APC and its governorship candidate at the poll, David Lyon, was a gross abuse of court process.
Justice Amina Augie who read the lead judgment held that the application if granted would amount to violating the finality of its judgment which would in turn 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 it.
The apex court who regretted that ‘very senior’ lawyers had filled the application 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).
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.