Atiku Abubakar reacts to Justice Bulkachuwa’s withdrawal as chairman of the Presidential Election Tribunal
Former Vice President and PDP Presidential candidiate in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has applauded Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa for withdrawing her position as Chairman of the 2019 Presidential Election Tribunal.
Bulkachuwa announced her withdrawal yesterday following a petition from the PDP and Atiku on grounds that she has a personal relationship with members of the ruling APC.
Read Atiku’s statement below
One of the principal maxims of the Common Law is nemo judex in causa sua (no man shall be a judge in his own case).
The call by my legal team for Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal was predicated on this principle, being that her husband, Alhaji Mohammed Bulkachuwa, is an All Progressives Congress Senator-elect and the case she was expected to adjudicate upon had a bearing on that party.
My legal team’s objection was not a reflection on Justice Bulkachuwa’s character or competence. As a matter of fact, I have great respect for her, being a pioneer and advocate for gender equality and female empowerment.
It is with this in mind that I commend Justice Bulkachuwa for recusing herself from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Panel hearing my petition against the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Her action showed courage and is an act of patriotism. She has, by this action, increased the confidence the public have for the judiciary.
Not only do I commend her, I also pray, especially in this holy month of Ramadan, that Justice will be done by the tribunal according to the fear of God and not in keeping with respect for the powers that be.
May God bless the judiciary and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Presidential candidate of PDP and Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007