Why Lyon’s Lonely Walk To The Supreme Court Cost Him N20 Million In Exemplary Damages

The Oasis Reporters

February 27, 2020

While David Lyon was rehearsing his swearing in procedure, the Supreme Court was ruling on his removal.

When David Lyon took the first steps to the Supreme Court armed with his Judgement Review Application, his courage of conviction was brimming over because he knew and felt that indeed, he won the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election and was duly issued with a Certificate of Returns by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

David Lyon was actually rehearsing his March past steps to become governor of the oil rich State of Bayelsa and his inaugural speech of a likely ‘Dear Fellow Bayelsans’, had been crafted by perhaps, the best of literary professors of Bayelsan origin, probably for a modest fee was ready, when like a bolt from the blue, Nigeria’s Supreme Court disqualified his ticket.

Whereas it wasn’t about emotionalism. The Court was looking at cold hard facts. Established precedence that Lyon’s deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo had won a previous election as Senator of the Federal Republic did not cut ice with the erudite Justices led by Justice Mary Odili.
The Justices screened Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo’s certificates once again and found the chink in the armor. Alas, the certificate contained one dot or the other that didn’t add up.

That was all. The hubris that precipitates tragedy more of a tragi-comedy was established against the joint ticket and the ambition of David Lyon to rule Bayelsa State for four years came crashing down with a thud.

At the Supreme Court review, the major issues where what the Constitution says about certificate forgery.
Was there an established case of forgery or not ?
It said yes.

That was all, and the lofty heights of dreams David Lyon had worked hard to attain was brought down by his lack of due diligence in screening thoroughly, the certificates of his chosen running mate.

The Supreme Court then told Lyon and the APC that no Court on earth can review their previous judgement, while dismissing the application for review of the judgment which sacked the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, David Lyon and his deputy, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

According to Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment, the application lacked merit and the decisions of the court are final.

She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages.

The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.

“There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost”.

She added that the applications are frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.

Justice Augie added that the counsels of the APC and Mr Lyon are to each pay Governor Douye Diri, his deputy Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and the PDP the same N10 million.

Meanwhile, Nigerians await the review of other cases like in Imo State.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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