The President of Courtroom Enchantment, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has recused herself because the Chairman of 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal listening to the petition in opposition to the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bulkachuwa voluntarily withdrew from collaborating within the listening to of the case shortly after the unanimous resolution of the panel dismissing the applying filed by the petitioner.
The ruling was delivered by a member of the panel, Justice Peter Ige.
She stated that she took the choice for private causes and to keep away from a scenario the place one other feminine Justice will face similar points introduced to the court docket.
She stated that the 4 man panel will proceed with the case pending the announcement of the brand new chairman of the panel.
However the tribunal held that the petitioners haven’t positioned sufficient supplies of proof earlier than the court docket that the president of court docket of attraction might be biased within the matter.
The remaining 4 members of the panel have continued with case.
The Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) and it is Pesidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar on 16th of could 2019 filed a movement asking an order to make sure that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa be recused from additional sitting of the tribunal or collaborating within the proceedings within the petition and get replaced by one other Justice of the Enchantment Courtroom.
Additionally they averred that Justice Bulakchuwa is the organic mom to Aliyu Haidar-Abubakar a outstanding card-carrying member of the All Progressive Congress.
It additional averred that being the spouse and mom of outstanding card-carrying members of the APC which is the third respondent within the petition earlier than the tribunal, there’s each probability of bias if Justice Bulkachuwa stays as a member of the panel.
Additionally they asserted that on the inaugural sitting of the tribunal the president of the attraction court docket whereas delivering her speech stated “elections are held in Nigeria every four years into elective positions, no matter how well the election is conducted there are bound to be complaints.”
Her resolution to step down is seen as a take a look at of transparency of the method.