The Chairman of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has withdrawn from the tribunal.
Justice Bulkachuwa withdrew from the tribunal for personal reasons after it dismissed an application by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, asking her to recuse herself from the tribunal.
The PDP and Atiku Abubakar based their recuse application, on solid ground bothering the angle of acquired personal relationship on the part of Bulkachuwa to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Firstly, the PDP and Atiku, curated in their application that justice Bulkachuwa is the wife of Mr Adamu Bulkachuwa a prominent card-carrying member of the All Progressive Congress and Senator-elect for Bauchi north senatorial district which is a political party involved in the suit.
And secondly, the PDP and Atiku also curated that the son of justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, is an active member of the APC, and even campaigned for the President Elect, Buhari.
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However, Justice Peter Ige, the lead rulling deliverer of the application said not enough materials had been presented before the court to show that Justice Bulkachuwa will be biased in the hearing and the decisions on the petition.
Justice Ige added that the fact that she is married to a Senator-elect who along with her son are in the APC will not foist any room for bias in the case.
Furthermore, stressing that are relationships would not in any case cause justice Zainab to be culpable to being biased, Justice Ige concluded that the petitioners have not satisfied the requirements for the president of the tribunal to recuse herself.
Consequently, he dismissed the application.
Although Justice Bulkachuwa agreeing with the lead judgment and the dismissal of the application, still, she said she will recuse herself for personal reasons.
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