The chairperson of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal who is also the current President of the Court of Appeal, Her Lordship, Hon. Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa has recuse herself from the tribunal.
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa who has been under intense pressure as a result of a motion presented before the Tribunal by the counsel of the People’ Democratic Party (PDP) over her relationship with an APC member gave in to the request as they worry on her judgment over the Presidental election petition in court.
A major point of concern that was raised by the opposition is the fact that Justice Zainab is married to Alhaji Adamu Bulkachuwa, an All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator-elect for Bauchi North in the just concluded 2019 elections.
Justice Ige also ruled that no inference of likelihood of bias could be inferred from the speech delivered by Justice Bulkachuwa at the inaugural sitting of the tribunal on May 8 that she had pre-judged the petitioners’ petition.
All the members of the panel, including Justice Bulkachuwa, agreed with the lead ruling.
Despite that, Justice Bulkachuwa said, “I am recusing myself from the panel for personal reasons.”
She, however, expressed joy that the matter had been settled “based on facts and the law” so that “another female judge will no longer have to face what I have faced.”
She said a new presiding Justice would be appointed for the panel, but that the four remaining members of the panel would continue with the hearing of the preliminary applications pending the appointment of the new head of the panel.
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