The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) will on Monday resume sitting on the hearing of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had vehemently rejected the outcome of the February 23 Presidential poll which produced Buhari as winner and consequently petitioned Buhari and his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the former VP, he won the election based on electronically transmitted results he obtained from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The electoral commission had however since denied Atiku’s claim, saying that his alleged results were fake because it never transmitted nor collated results electronically.
Hearing on the case was on hold following the withdrawal of Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the President of the Court of Appeal, who was supposed to preside over the PEPT panel.
Her withdrawal came following Atiku and PDP demand for her to step down because of her family’s interest in the APC which is among the defendants.
After formal complain however, the Appeal Court justices unanimously ruled that the reasons presented by the petitioner was not weighty enough to lead to her withdrawal from the PEPT. She however decided based on personal grounds to rescue herself.
Naija Buzz reported details stated by the PDP and its candidate on why Justice Bulkachuwa should rescue herself from the panel.
Her withdrawal will require the appointment of another judge who would replace her.
We are not sure if her replacement has been appointed. But Naija Buzz would however cover the outcome of the hearing resumption on Monday.