The presidential candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the ruling by Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa recusing herself from the Presidential Election Tribunal on Wednesday, May 22.
Atiku in a statement sent to Legit.ng said Justice Bulkachuwa has shown courage in her ruling at the tribunal as no man can be a judge in his own case.
He said the call by his legal team for Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal was predicated on this principle, being that her husband, Alhaji Mohammed Bulkachuwa, is an All Progressives Congress Senator-elect and the case she was expected to adjudicate upon had a bearing on that party.
“My legal team’s objection was not a reflection on Justice Bulkachuwa’s character or competence. As a matter of fact, I have great respect for her, being a pioneer and advocate for gender equality and female empowerment,” Atiku said.
Commending the judge, Atiku said Justice Bulkachuwa’s action has increased the confidence the public have for the judiciary.
“Her action showed courage and is an act of patriotism. She has, by this action, increased the confidence the public have for the judiciary.
“Not only do I commend her, I also pray, especially in this holy month of Ramadan, that Justice will be done by the tribunal according to the fear of God and not in keeping with respect for the powers that be.
“May God bless the judiciary and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Atiku concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, has withdrawn from the presidential election petition tribunal.
The PDP in an application had asked Justice Bulkachuwa to recuse herself because she is married to a senator-elect of the APC.
The party is challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February presidential election.