Supreme Court adjourns request for review of its judgement in Zamfara till March 17


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The Supreme Court has adjourned till March 17, to hear the application asking it to review its judgement that sacked all candidates of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) that won various positions in Zamfara state in the 2019 general elections.
A five-man panel of justices of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, adjourned the matter to enable the applicants to effect service of all the legal processes on some of the respondents.
The fresh application was brought by a faction of the APC led by a former governor of the state, Abdul’aziz Yari.
The CJN-led panel noted that there was no evidence that they were duly served with all the processes and the hearing notice.
Consequently, counsel to the applicants, Chief Robert Clarke, pleaded for an adjournment to enable him to either serve them or to apply for leave to delist them as parties to the action.
Meanwhile, The Herald reported that Supreme court dismissed the application filed by David Lyon and the All Progressives Congress to review the judgment that sacked him as Bayelsa Governor-Elect on February 13.Justice Sylvester Ngwuta who led a seven-man panel dismissed the application filed by Lyon’s legal counsels, Afe Babalola and Wole Olanipekun for its lack of merit, adding that it was an outright abuse of court process.

The verdict stated that the judgment of the Supreme court is final, adding that granting Lyon’s application would bring down the credibility and dignity bestowed on the apex court.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Justice Augie who read the ruling expressed her disappointment that lawyers of their ilk were involved in the filing of such application.

A report by The Nation stated that “Justice Augie awarded N10milion cost for each of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents (the PDP, its governorship and deputy governorship in the last election) – Sen. Douye Diri and. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo – to be paid personally by the applicant’s lawyers.”

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