Justice Zainab refuses to recuse in presidential election tribunal
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the President of the Court of Appeal, on Wednesday refused to withdraw as a member of the Presidential election petition tribunal hearing the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The tribunal has, however, directed the two petitioners to file a formal application asking the President of the
Justice Bulkachuwa said the request by Uzochukwu followed an earlier letter she received from the PDP’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, also demanding she recuse herself from further participation in the panel. She said since the matter is already in the public domain, it is proper that a formal application be made to that effect in open court to enable the court rule on it. The party also complained that Bulkachuwa could have, by a comment she made during the inaugural sitting of the tribunal on Wednesday, prejudged its petition challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election. It stated that Bulkachuwa’s claim in her speech to the effect that there would always be complaints no matter how an election was well-conducted had “rocked” its confidence in the panel led by her.