- The Supreme Court has asserted its authority as the final court in the land
- The apex court has stated that its decision is final no matter the opposition to its verdict
- The highest court in the land made this known while delivering its judgment on the judicial review of the Bayelsa governorship election
The Supreme Court declared on Wednesday, February 26 that in line with its rules, it shall not review any of its judgment and its decision is final no matter how anybody feels.
The apex court stated that cases can only be reviewed if “there is a clerical mistake or some errors.”
The highest court in the land made the pronouncement while giving a judgment on the application for a review of its recent judgment regarding the Bayelsa governorship election.
Giving its verdict after a review by a seven-man panel, headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the apex court said: “The decision of this court, in appeal No: SC/1/2020 is final for all ages; it is final in the real sense of the word-final and no force on earth can make this court to shift from its decision delivered in the appeal.”
The apex court berated the lawyers who brought the application for review, adding that it is vexatious, frivolous and amount to a gross abuse of the court process.
Other members of the panel are Justices Amina Augie, Mary Odili, Olukayode Ariwoola, John Okoro, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun and Ejembi Eko.
Justice Augie said the Supreme Court, being the final court of the land, implies that its decision is final no matter how any one feels about it.
Nigerians have been commenting on the apex court's verdict on social media:
Alabi Ayodeji wrote: The Supreme Court really messed things up with the Bayelsa judgment. I'm not a lawyer, never sat in court for a case before, but I know that when there is a judgment, other future judgements take precedence from that. It's very embarrassing.
Inibehe Effiong: I told everyone that I spoke with on the review applications that the Supreme Court will throw out all the applications. The Bayelsa's ruling today is a definite message to others with similar applications. There is no magic that can happen at this point. Take it or leave it.
Adelaja Adeoye: Unfortunately that the well respected Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) allowed himself to be caught in this web of defending APC candidate in Bayelsa because what happened today at the Supreme Court will always rub on his reputation.
Somto Onuchukwu: Oshiomole carried APC and Lyon to go and beg for Bayelsa governor's office at the Supreme Court; they had no argument, no facts, just bambialla; the judges were furious, and rightly so for time wasted.
Recall that the Supreme Court dismissed the All Progressives Congress (APC) application for the review of its judgment that sacked the party's Bayelsa governorship candidate, David Lyon, and deputy, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
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