The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has adjourned till 2pm today, Wednesday, May 22, for ruling on the application brought by the PDP and Atiku asking Justice Bulkachuwa to disqualify herself from the panel.
Counsels from both parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP, deliberated o application for Justice Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from the election tribunal.
While the PDP stood its grounds based on Justice Bulkachuwa’s culpable affiliation to the APC by virtue of her husband and son’s membership of the party, the APC and INEC based their arguments on conventions and gender.
Lead counsel to the President Buhari, Wole Olanipekun, submitted that the President of Court of Appeal and chairman of the panel, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, is at liberty to withdraw or not to, from the panel.
Olanipekun states that Section 237 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) (the Constitution) creates the Court of Appeal, while section 237 (2) (a) of the Constitution establishes the office of the President of the Court of Appeal.
After hearing the submissions by parties involved the panel adjourned to 2pm.
At the resumption of the recess, the panel is expected to give its ruling on the applications filed by the PDP.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that the PDP on Monday, May 20, expressed certainty of victory for Atiku at the presidential election tribunal, provided the panel is impartial in the court proceedings.
The PDP maintains that the election was won by Atiku, but that instead of upholding his mandate, the presidency and the APC “are busy harassing our leaders and bringing up frivolous allegations against our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in a bid to distract us from the petition pending before the tribunal”.