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Justice Bulkachuwa Withdraws From Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal

The President of the Court of Appeal and Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), Justice Zainab Bulkachua withrew has withdrawn from the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Atiku and the PDP are, by their petition, challenging the outcome of the last presidential election, won by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP and Abubakar had based their application, among other things, on the ground 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.

They alleged, in a motion, that Justice Bulkachuwa was likely to be biased in view of her husband and son being members of the APC.

In a ruling this evening, the five-man PEPT rejected the motion by Atiku and his party for being un-meritorious.

But, justice Bulkachuwa, elected to exclude herself from the tribunal “on personal grounds.”

She said anew member would be appointed in her place and that the other four members of the tribunal could proceed to deal with preliminary issues In relation to the four petitions currently pending before the tribunal.

Source: The Nation

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