The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a 19-paragraphed affidavit to disqualify the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, from presiding over the petition challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
PDP, in the affidavit it attached in support of a motion it filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, adduced evidence to sustain its allegation that Justice Bulkachuwa was not the right person to head the panel hearing the petition its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lodged to query the outcome of the February 23 presidential poll.
It will be recalled that Atiku and his party had on Wednesday, told the tribunal that they were not comfortable with Justice Bulkachuwa’s decision to head the five-man panel.
The party sought a private meeting with members of the panel, a development that led to temporary suspension of proceedings of the tribunal.
Meanwhile, after the meeting that lasted over 20 minutes, the panel reconvened, after which Justice Bulkachuwa directed the petitioners to file a formal request to sack her from the panel.
She said the letter should be brought formally to enable the tribunal to rule on it, even as the matter was adjourned till May 22 for hearing.
Meantime, based on the directive, PDP and Atiku, through their lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzuokwu, SAN, wrote a letter it backed with an affidavit that was deposed to by its Deputy National Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Agbo.