Justice Bulkachuwa unfit to head Appeal Court president, Presidential Election Tribunal, says group


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

One of the strong pressure groups in Nigeria known as Rescue Nigeria has called on the NJC to see reasons why Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa must be asked to resign her positions both as Appeal Court president and Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Accordong to the group, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the President of the Court of Appeal and Chairman of the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is not qualified to head the Tribunal as a result of the reports which indicted her as an interested party and a highly compromised person.

Recall that Bulkachuwa had been accused many times of helping APC leaders in some states in the area of appointing compromised judges as members of Elections Petition Tribunals.

In some states, Zainab Bulkachuwa had used her office to appoint nominees of such APC leaders as Tribunak members.

However, Rescue Nigeria wondered how it would be possible for ‪Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to allow truth to prevail at all thr Tribunals considering the fact that she is the wife of Adamu Mohammed Bulkachuwa, who is currently a Senator elect, on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Recall that Adamu Mohammed Bulkachuwa who is a Senator Elect, representing Bauchi North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, is the intermediary between his wife and the APC chieftains who begged that their own nominees should be appointed as Tribunal members.

‪The group also alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari and his Party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), deliberately ceded the Bauchi North Senatorial ticket to Mohammed Bulkachuwa in order to use him to influence his wife, who the APC believed will head the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

‪”It has been revealed that President Buhari and the APC, planned a total and complete infiltration of the judiciary before the 2019 General Elections, by removing Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of the Federation and deliberately making Justice Bulkachuwa’s husband a Senator in order to influence her decision at the upcoming Presidential Tribunal. ‬

“‪We have also been made aware that the APC has ordered the Bulkachuwas to trash all Appeals of the PDP, emanating from the NASS and Governorship Elections Tribunals in favour of the ruling APC as seen in the ruling of Appeal Court today on the Osun Guber Election.

“‪More revelations show that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa was also mentioned in a secret memo submitted to President Buhari by the Directorate of States Services (DSS). In that memo, the DSS described Justice Bulkachuwa as “incurably corrupt”. ‬

“‪The DSS in that secret memo to President Buhari also accused Justice Bulkachuwa of engaging in bribery and taking kickbacks from judges she assigned to lucrative and juicy cases.

‪”Justice Bulkachuwa is therefore an interested Party, accused of corruption & is therefore not competent to chair the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. She should recuse herself immediately as her membership of the panel will render the panel invalid, biased and partisan” the group said.