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Bayelsa guber review: Supreme Court fines Olanipekun N30m for disgracing court, stands on decision

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Supreme court dismisses application to Review Bayelsa Guber Judgment

  • Ordered Afe Babalola, Olanipekun to pay fine of N10m

The Supreme Court has dismssed the application filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to review its judgment voiding the participation of its candidate in the Bayelsa governorship election .

The court held that the suit filed on behalf of the APC, its sacked governor-elect and its deputy governor, David Lyon and Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo lacked merit as its frivolous and abuse of court process.

In the unanimous decision delivered by Justice Amina Augie, the court was furious on the applicants and their counsel, Afe Babalola and Wole Olanipekun for filing the motions described as regrettable motions and a deliberate desecration of the judiciary.

In an emotion , Justice Augie said she feels like shedding tears that senior counsel would ever bring such frivolous applications and Order 8, Rule 16 of the Supreme Court, the court has no powers or authority to review any judgment delivered on merit safe for clerical error.

She therefore dismissed the two applicatuons and ordered the lawyers, Afe Babalola SAN and Wole Olanipekun SAN to pay the sum of N10 million to each of the three respondents, Governor, Duoye Diri, his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhujapkor and the fine is to be personally paid by the lawyers.

Supreme Court had on 26th of February, 2020 nullified the election of David Lyon of the APC

SOURCE: Ken Eseni on WhatsApp

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