Supreme Court: Olanipekun, Afe Babalola Protest N60m Penalty Over Bayelsa Guber

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Chief Afe Babalola(SAN) and Chief Wole Olanipekun(SAN), have formally protested the heavy cost imposed on them and the harsh words directed at them by the Supreme Court at their appearance in relation to the Bayelsa State governorship election appeal judgment.

The two senior lawyers from Ekiti State had represented the All Progressives Congresses (APC) and her candidates in the last governorship election in Bayelsa State, David Lyon Pereworinmin and Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, in their request to the court to set aside its judgment, voiding their victory in the election.

A seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court had, on February 26, 2020, dismissed the applications by the APC and its candidates, with Justice Amina Augie, in the lead judgment, rebuking both lawyers and awarding N30 million punitive cost against each of them.

In two protest letters addressed to the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Babalola and Olanipekun are insisting that they did no wrong by asking the court to take a second look at its earlier judgment.

While seeking NBA’s intervention, they 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.

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