The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has mounted Might 22 to entertain an utility searching for Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from sitting over the five-man panel on the election following alleged worry of preconceived bias.
The court docket had mounted Wednesday to start pre-hearing session on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, difficult the result of the February 23 presidential election.
Bulkachua, additionally the President of the Court docket of Enchantment, adjourned proceedings on the matter to permit the 2 petitioners file a proper utility towards her membership of the panel.
Earlier, Dr Levy Uzoukwu SAN, Counsel for each PDP and Abubakar, filed an oral utility to be granted permission for all counsel to fulfill with the members of the panel in Chambers.
Bulkachua went forward to grant the request by ordering a stand down on the matter.
Upon their arrival from chambers, Bulkachua instantly disclosed within the open court docket the casual name by the petitioners for her to withdraw from taking part within the listening to of their petition.
She nonetheless mentioned such an motion have to be formally positioned earlier than the court docket by way of an utility that must be argued by all events, NAN experiences.
“The counsel for the 2 petitioners have raised a problem in chambers directing me to recuse myself from listening to their petition.
“This matter has initially been dropped at my consideration in a letter from the workplace of the Nationwide Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, dated Might 8.
“Their request is now in a public domain, but the counsel for the petitioners must approach the court with a formal application,” she mentioned.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that PDP and its presidential candidate within the Feb 23 common election are earlier than the tribunal to problem the result of the election.
In one other improvement, the tribunal granted Coalition for Change (C4C) and its presidential candidate, Geff Ojinika permission to serve President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with their petition by way of substituted means.
Bulkachua granted the depart following an exparte utility dropped at it by the candidates.
“The candidates are hereby granted depart to serve president Buhari and vp Osinbajo with the petition difficult their victory by way of substituted means.
“The first and second respondents should be served via the National Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in No.40 Blantyre Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.”
NAN experiences that the C4C and its presidential candidate had knowledgeable the court docket on their problem in serving their petition on Buhari and Osinbajo.