PDP backs off: You have to rescue yourself from Presidential Tribunal – PDP tells Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa

The National Working Committee, NWC, of
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday
asked the President of the Court of Appeal,
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to excuse herself
from the Presidential Tribunal sitting over the
petition filed by its presidential candidate,
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku is contesting the declaration of President
Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the
February 23 polls.
The party premised its rejection of Justice
Bulkachuwa’s membership of the panel on the
grounds that her husband is a Senator-elect
from Bauchi State on the platform of All
Progressives Congress, APC.
PDP added that it would be difficult to convince
any reasonable person that she will not discuss
the case with her husband, who is an interested
party in the case.
The party stated this in a letter to the justice
dated May 8 by its National Chairman, Prince
Uche Secondus and National Secretary, Senator
Umaru Ibrahim Tsuari
The letter was titled ‘A Request To Recuse
Yourself From The Panel Hearing Petition No.
Justice Bulkachuwa is the chairman of the panel
to hear the petition filed by Atiku and PDP as
the second defendant over the outcome of the
election. The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), President Muhammadu
Buhari and the APC are defendants in the suit.
A copy of the letter which was obtained by
Vanguard read in part: “My Lord, it is no more a
secret, that your dear husband, Hon. Adamu
Mohammed Bulkachuwa, contested the
February 23, 2019 election for the position of
Senator in Bauchi North Senatorial district and
won same on the platform of the All
Progressives Congress (APC).
“This information is not just in the public
domain but has dominated both public and
private discussions to the extent that it has
become a sore source of worry not just for
members of our party but to the generality of
Nigerians because of your very unique and
critical position as the President of the Court of
Appeal which is saddled with the sacred
responsibility of hearing petitions arising from
the presidential election.
“This fear was palpable enough just with you as
the President of the Court of Appeal but has
now been worsened and compounded by the
discovery that you have decided to appoint
yourself as chairman of the Panel to hear the
The party added that “we are reasoning that,
armed with this golden rule of justice as fair
hearing and given your direct intimacy through
your dear husband, with the APC, one of the
parties in this Election petition, your lordship
would have exercise your constitutional right
and powers guardedly, judiciously and
judicially, by excluding yourself from the panel
of this honourable court sitting over the
particular petition.
“It is based on the above premises, therefore
that we are constrained to respectfully request
for your Lordship to recuse yourself from
presiding over and/or sitting as a member of
the panel hearing the instant petition as it
would be impossible for your lordship to
convince any reasonable man that your dear
husband never discussed this petition, which he
is patently interested in its outcome with you,
throughout the trial.”
Lalasticlala. Seun


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