Atiku, PDP File Motion Asking Bulkachuwa To Recuse Herself From Tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar have filed an application asking Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from the presidential election tribunal hearing their petition, against the election of President Muhammadu Buahri.

A motion filed by one Emmanuel Agbo, Atiku and the PDP has asked for an order to ensure that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa be recused from further sitting of the tribunal or participating in the proceedings in the petition and be replaced by another Justice of the Appeal Court.

The grounds for the appeal include 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 also averred that Justice Bulakchuwa is the biological mother to Aliyu Haidar-Abubakar a prominent card-carrying member of the All Progressive Congress.

It further averred that being the wife and mother of prominent card-carrying members of the APC which is the third respondent in the petition before the tribunal, there is every likelihood of bias if Justice Bulkachuwa remains as a member of the panel.

They also asserted that at the inaugural sitting of the tribunal the president of the appeal court while delivering her speech said ‘elections are held in Nigeria every four years into elective positions, no matter how well the election is conducted there are bound to be complaints’

The PDP and Atiku says that by making this remark, it would appear that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has already prejudged the presidential election as well conducted and that their petition is one of such complaints that come up ‘no matter how well the election is conducted’’

The PDP said that justice must not only be said to be done but must be manifestly seen to have been done.

On the issues to be determined by the court, the PDP asked the court if with regards to the case in question the said facts have not raised the likelihood of bias against Justice Bulakchuwa making the judge liable to recuse herself from further proceedings of the court .

The petitioners concluded by saying that “it is respectfully submitted that considering the entire peculiar circumstances of this case, it is just and proper in the interest of justice and fair hearing for justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to withdraw from the hearing and determination of the petition”.

The motion was filed on the 16th of may 2019 as promised by lead counsel to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mr Levi Uzoukwu and will be heard on the 22nd of May 2019.

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Updated: May 18, 2019 — 8:54 am

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  1. The candidate of people Democratic party PDP ALH atiku abubakar The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar have filed an application

  2. PDP ALH atiku abubakar The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar have filed an application

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  4. But Senator Akpabio told the court that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) was because he was expelled from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

  5. The motion was filed on the 16th of may 2019 as promised by lead counsel to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mr Levi Uzoukwu and will be heard on the 22nd of May 2019.

  6. Atiku and pdp is right, 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 also her son is a card carrying member of APC, Justice Bulkachuwa should excuse herself from the election tribunal.
    Same happened in the case of Governor wike and Peterside, Justice Mary Odili excused herself from the case based on the fact that her husband is a me member of pdp

  7. I think this is a case of kettle calling pot black. If Atiku and his Co travellers in PDP are pointing to Justice Bulkachuwa as being the wife and a mother to top APC gladiators, then what about justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court, isn’t she the Wife of Mr. Peter Odili, the ex Governor of River State and top notcher of PDP ?

  8. No matter how well the election is conducted there are bound to be complaints’,The PDP and Atiku says that by making this remark, it would appear that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has already prejudged the presidential election .

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  10. A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
    Thus this is Nigeria

  11. They also averred that Justice Bulakchuwa is the biological mother to Aliyu Haidar-Abubakar a prominent card-carrying member of the All Progressive Congress.

  12. The PDP said that justice must not only be said to be done but must be manifestly seen to have been done.

  13. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar want Justice Bulkachuwa to rescue herself from the Presidential election petition tribunal so that his candidate can come and deliver judgment in his favour. Mr. desperado no sir, she will remain to perform her duty sir.

  14. Since is PDP that filed the case it may not be attended to but if it is APC the case would have started.

    1. Atiku’s joining issue with justice Bulkachuwa at this stage may be considered as a tact towards nullifying the configuration of the election panel.
      One thing that is clear is that,someone must be a wife to a husband and vise versa. Another woman must be a mother to the other child.

      Is it a precept that there can not be justices with unbias sense of justice?
      Do we have to believe that the set of judges that a plaitif endorse are fit to sit at the tribunal?

      If yes is the answer to these submission, then we can not and must not have a Nigeria of Atiku’s dream.

      A country and her instititions is bigger than any individual,and at such the ordinances has to be respected.
      In other words,if his allegation is weighty enough against the said justice,she may be advised to be replaced to fulfill all righteousness.

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