On Wednesday, the Supreme Court fined Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) N30 million each for agreeing to file a request for review of the Bayelsa election judgment of the apex court.
Justice Amina Augie announced the fine while reading the judgment in the applications for a review of its judgment of 13 February 2020 that overturned the victory of the All Progressive Congress in the last Bayelsa State governorship election.
The justice, with tears in her eyes, regretted that “very senior” attorneys were responsible for filing the applications.
The apex court subsequently awarded N10 m costs to David Lyon’s lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), and APC’s lawyer, Olanipekun (SAN), to be paid personally.
It ruled that each lawyer must pay the N10 m to each of the three respondents–the Democratic People’s Party, Governor Duoye Diri, and the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhruojakpo, bringing the total amount to be paid to N60 million.
She said the applications amounted to inviting the apex court to sit in appeal in violation of the Constitution on its own judgement.