- The Supreme Court's fine against Afe Babalola, Olanipekun has been protested against by the duo
- According to reports, the two legal senior advocates were fined over Bayelsa governorship judgment review
- They addressed the letter to the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Bar Association
Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, and Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, have formally protested the N60 million fine imposed on them by the Supreme Court over their bid for Bayelsa governorship judgment review.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two protest letters were addressed to the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Olanipekun in a letter dated March 10, Olanipekun and Babalola dated March 11, 2020, addressed to the NBA President, Paul Usoro , SAN, insisted that they did no wrong by asking the court to take a second look at its earlier judgment.
Both lawyers represented the All Progressives Congresses (APC) and its candidates in the last governorship election in Bayelsa State David Lyon Pereworinmin and Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo seeking the apex court to set aside its judgment which voided their victory in the election.
The Supreme Court, in a ruling by a seven-man panel on Feb. 26, dismissed the applications by the APC and its candidates.
Justice Amina Augie, in that lead ruling, rebuked both lawyers and awarding N30M punitive cost against each of them.
The legal luminaries while seeking NBA’s intervention argued that they did nothing unlawful and unprofessional to warrant the harsh words used on them and the unprecedented cost awarded against them for merely carrying out their professional responsibilities as lawyers.
They warned that the decision of the Supreme Court, as it relates to them, was capable of laying wrong precedence that lawyers could be penalised for merely seeking to explore the justice administration process for the benefit of his/her client.
In his letter, to which he attached all processes in respect of the case, Olanipekun said “I and the team of lawyers that I lead in the matter did no wrong.
He said the action in the long run will be inimical to the development of trust and respect between the bar and the bench and will ultimately hamper the smooth operation of the justice delivery sector in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that 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.
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