The Supreme Court in its ruling today, Wednesday, 26th February, struck out the judgement review appeal filed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, David Lyon.
Global Times recalls that in its ruling on February 13, 2020, the apex court nullified the participation of the ruling party’s candidates in the Bayelsa gubernatorial election.
This, according to the court, is as a result of the party’s deputy governorship candidate, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, submitting false information about his education credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
However, with this recent judgment by the court, the final nail has been hammered into the coffin of the matter.
The application was thrown out on the ground that it lacks merit, and that the court’s decisions were final which cannot be reversed.
Reading the judgment, Justice Amina Augie, who was among Justice Sylvester Ngwuta-led seven-man panel said that the applications filed by the APC and Mr Lyon, were vexatious, frivolous, and constituted a gross abuse of court process.
Wole Olanipekun (SAN), led another lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) for the APC while a Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN), Afe Babalola, represented the party’s candidates (David Lyon and Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo).
Global Times learnt that Afe has not attended any major court proceedings for over 10 years now.
The defense counsel who represented the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship and deputyship candidates include Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), Yunus Usman (SAN) and Chris Uche (SAN), respectively.