Staff of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked the President of Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, to excuse herself from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
The staff, protested at the party’s headquarters, Wadata House, Abuja Monday, asked her to withdraw from the case on account of also being a member of Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
The protesting staff carried placards with inscriptions like “Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa: You cannot preside over your own case, your husband is a senator-elect under APC”, “Justice is not for the most powerful, it must be seen to be right and done” and “On moral grounds, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa excuse yourself from Presidential Tribunal”.
According to them, they would pass a vote- of- no confidence on the tribunal as long as Justice Bulkachuwa remains a member.
Chairman of the PDP staff welfare association, Clement Nwankwo claimed that Atiku Abubakar won the February 23 presidential election but was robbed of victory by the ruling party who were working closely with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He expressed concern that Atiku would not reclaim his mandate as long as Justice Bulkachuwa remains a member of the presidential election tribunal, stressing since her husband is a card carrying member of the ruling party and senator-elect on the ticket of the APC it would impossible for Atiku to get justice in a tribunal she presides.
“We are tired with the state of insecurity in the country; we are tired with the poor state of our economy; we are tired with this despotic government; we are tired with the situation where majority of our citizens are living in lDP camps as if we are in a state of war. Nigerians are tired.
“We are also aware that the President of the Court of Appeal and chairperson of the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Zainab Ahmed Bulkachuwa, is the wife of Ahmed Mohammad Bulkachuwa, the senator-elect on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Bauchi North senatorial district. This is completely unacceptable.
“We, therefore, fully support the call by the National Working Committee (NWC) of our party to demand that she excuse herself immediately from the panel”.
They called on the judiciary to continue to remain on the side of the people, relying on the saying that “the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man”.