Court to deliver judgment in APC’s request to review Bayelsa judgment
By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja
The Supreme Court has fixed judgment for Wednesday in the application by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a review of its judgment in the Bayelsa State governorship dispute.
The apex court has, in its February 13, 2020 judgement, voided the participation of the APC’s candidates in the election on the grounds that its deputy governorship candidate submitted false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about his education credentials.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court took arguments from parties to the applications by the APC for the review of the judgment and stood down, proceedings, promising to return later for judgment.
A seven-member panel of the court, led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, did not indicate when the judgement will be given Wednesday.
Afe Babalola (SAN), who has not attended any major court proceedings for over 10 years now, represented the APC candidates in the election (David Lyon and Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo), while Wole Olanipekun (SAN), led Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) for the APC.
Babalola and Olanipekun urged the court to grant the two applications they filed praying the court to review a portion of the judgment where it voided Lyon’s participation in the election.
Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), Yunus Usman (SAN) and Chris Uche (SAN), who represented the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidates in the election, prayed the court to reject the applications.
They argued that the applications were an invitation on the court to violate the Constitution and could open the floodgate for such request in future.
Lawyer to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) , Tanimu Inuwa (SAN) said his client did not file any processes in respond to the applications.