Supreme Court strikes out David Lyon’s Application for Judgment Review, Orders Olanipekun to Pay N10m fine


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Supreme court has 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.”

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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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