The President of Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has finally withdraws as the Chairman of 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal hearing the petition against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to report the chairman voluntarily stepped aside from participating in the hearing of the case shortly after the unanimous decision of the panel dismissing the application filed by the petitioner.
The ruling was delivered by a member of the panel, Justice Peter Ige.
She said that she took the decision for personal reasons and to avoid a situation where another female Justice will face same issues presented to the court.
Recall that the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, had asked Justice Bulkachuwa to recuse herself, because she is married to a Senator-elect of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Counsel to Atiku, Livy Ozuokwu, asked the Chairman of the Tribunal, to recuse herself, on the grounds that she will be biased in the case.
On Wednesday, Justice Bulkachuwa recused herself, after a prolonged sitting.
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