The Supreme Court of Nigeria Friday dismissed an application for a judicial review of a case filed by the All Peoples Congress Party (APC) in Zamfara State.
Justice Inyang Okoro who delivered the lead judgment insisted that “the application is vexatious, frivolous and gross abuse of court process”.
He held that the Apex court lacks jurisdiction to entertain an application seeking a review of its own judgment as the Supreme Court is sealed and cannot be reviewed under any guise.
Justice Okoro awarded N2m cost to be paid by the applicant (APC) to the first up to the 140th respondents.
But Justice Centus Nweze who gave the dissenting judgment disagreed with the other members of the panel as he upheld the application of the APC.
Justice Nweze was of the opinion that it is better to admit an error instead of justifying an error that fails to represent justice which the Supreme Court can reverse.
He frowned that the judgment of the court favors the PDP who was not a party to the suit in the first place and ordered the setting aside of the earlier judgment of the court.
The APC Lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) said though he pledged to abide by the majority ruling, but common sense should have made a rethink on the minority judgment of the Supreme Court.
The APC was seeking a review of the 24th May 2019 judgment which nullified the victory of all the candidates at the 2019 Governorship elections in Zamfara State.
By this judgment, the PDP candidate, Muhammad Matawale remains the Zamfara State Governor.
- Eniola Olatunji.