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Presumed Marital Bias: PDP Wants Bulkachuwa Out Of Presidential Election Panel

By Political Correspondent



The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday asked the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to discharge herself from the Presidential Election Tribunal upon the claim that her husband is a senator-elect on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The PDP National Working Committee, NWC in a statement averred that it would be difficult for anyone to believe that she would not discuss the issue with her husband who is a very interested party in the matter of the petition filed by the party against the election of Muhammadu Buhari as president.

Justice Bulkachuwa is married to Bulkachuwa Adamu Muhammad who is senator-elect for Bauchi North on the platform of the APC.

At the commencement of the hearing on the petition filed by the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Justice Bulkachuwa had urged parties to the case not to take up issues in the petition in the media.

However, the PDP in a letter addressed to her dated May 8, 2019, signed by its the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and the National Secretary, Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsuari read:

“My Lord, it is no more a secret, that your dear husband, Hon. Adamu Mohammed Bulkachuwa, contested the February 23, 2019 election for the position of Senator in Bauchi North Senatorial district and won same on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Senator-Elect, Muhammad Bulkachawa

“This information is not just in the public domain but has dominated both public and private discussions to the extent that it has become a sore source of worry not just for members of our party but to the generality of Nigerians because of your very unique and critical position as the President of the Court of Appeal which is saddled with the sacred responsibility of hearing petitions arising from the presidential election. 

“This fear was palpable enough just with you as the President of the Court of Appeal but has now been worsened and compounded by the discovery that you have decided to appoint yourself as chairman of the Panel to hear the petition.

The party added that “we are reasoning that, armed with this golden rule of justice as fair hearing and given your direct intimacy through your dear husband, with the APC, one of the parties in this Election petition, your lordship would have exercise your constitutional right and powers guardedly, judiciously and judicially, by excluding yourself from the panel of this honourable court sitting over the particular petition.     

“It is based on the above premises, therefore that we are constrained to respectfully request for your Lordship to recuse yourself from presiding over and/or sitting as a member of the panel hearing the instant petition as it would be impossible for your lordship to convince any reasonable man that your dear husband never discussed this petition, which he is patently interested in its outcome with you, throughout the trial.”

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