Staff of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday asked the President of Court of Appeal and member of Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to recuse herself from the case.
The staff who protested at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja carrying placards with various inscriptions, asked Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from the ongoing presidential election petition tribunal on moral grounds.
Addressing journalists, Chairman of PDP Staff Welfare Association, Clement Nwankwo claimed that the party’s presidential candidate in the February 23 exercise, Atiku Abubakar won the Presidential election.
He insisted that both PDP and Atiku were robbed of victory by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said that Atiku cannot reclaim his mandate as long as Justice Bulkachuwa remains a member of the Presidential Election Tribunal.
They cautioned that they will not allow some individuals in the country to hijack the collective will of majority of Nigerians, adding that Nigerians are tired of the misrule of the APC and its Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
“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 nepotic 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 recuse herself immediately from the panel,” he said.
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”.
Some of the placards read: ‘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,’ ‘On moral grounds, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa excuse yourself from Presidential Tribunal’ among others.