The 2019 presidential election petition tribunal has been adjourned shortly after the tribunal began proceedings with Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa presiding.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports the tribunal was adjourned to May 22, 2019, to determine the status of Justice Bulkachuwa as Chairperson of the Tribunal.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had asked Bulkachuwa to quit the panel sitting over the petition filed by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who is challenging the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 23, 2019 election.
The party premised its rejection of Justice Bulkachuwa’s membership of the panel on the grounds that her husband is a Senator-elect from Bauchi State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party.
Bulkachuwa is the Chairperson of the panel of the 2019 presidential election petition tribunal hearing Atiku, PDP’s petition on the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC are defendants in the suit.
Bulkachuwa, who heads the five-man panel of the presidential election petition tribunal, had assured that justice would be done to all parties in the petitions filed before the tribunal.
In her speech at the inaugural sitting of the tribunal, Bulkachuwa assured Nigerians and the international community that the tribunal would adhere to the Nigerian Constitution, other relevant statutes and “international best practices.”