SWITZERLAND, MAY 22 – The Chairman of the Presidential election tribunal and president of the Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachewa has withdrawn from the tribunal following pressure from the opposition People’s Democratic Party(PDP).
“I recused myself from the Presidential Election Tribunal for the sake of public interest,” Bulkachewa announced on Wednesday.
Shortly after hearing began on the petition of the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar seeking to be declared the actual winner of the 2019 presidential, the party called for the withdrawal of Zainab Bulkachuwa as the chairman of the presidential election tribunal.
In a petition received in the Court of Appeal’s President’s office in Abuja, on May 10, 2019, the party alleged that as the chairman of the five-man panel, Bulkachuwa would likely be biased in the handling of the tribunal’s proceedings because of her ties to family members belonging to the All Progressives Congress.
The party, in the petition which was signed by its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and its National Secretary, Umaru Tsauri, specifically said Bulkachuwa’s husband, Adamu Bulkachuwa, contested and won the Bauchi North Senatorial District election on the platform of the APC during the February 23, 2019 poll.