- The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the allegations levelled against Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, president of the Court of Appeal
- Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, said President Buhari-led federal government has informed the whole nation that Justice Bulkachuwa has issues of corruption
- Ologbondiyan said presidency should take a step further by pursuing the issues of corruption as it did in its case of corruption allegations against Justice Walter Onnoghen
The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, to speak up on the allegations of corruption levelled against Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, president of the Court of Appeal.
The party in statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “on account of this allegation and the nefarious plot to bring the name of our party into its narrative, the PDP charges the Buhari-led presidency to come clear on the corruption allegation it opened on Justice Bulkachuwa.”
The statement read: “The party says since the Buhari-led residency has alluded to issues of corruption against Justice Bulkachuwa, contrary to issues raised in the PDP petition bothering on bias, it behoves on the Presidency and the APC to make public, the corruption issues they have alluded to.
“The presidency should also take a step further by pursuing these issues of corruption just as it did in its case of corruption allegations against the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, instead of wickedly dragging our party into issues that have no bearing with the PDP.
“Now that the presidency has informed the whole nation that Justice Bulkachuwa has issues of corruption, we challenge it to do the needful rather than engaging in shadow-boxing against our party.
“Moreover, in the face of corruption allegations, as has now been exposed by the Presidency, the burden still lies on the same Presidency to come clean.
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“Our party holds that this presidency’s fresh allegation of corruption now places a huge moral burden on Justice Bulkachuwa, particularly in her capacity as the President of the Court of Appeal.
“This is because, a judicial officer of such high standing must not only be above board but be seen to be above board at all times. north east Dev’t commission, reward for massive vote for me — Buhari.
“Nevertheless, the PDP restates our demand for Justice Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, following the manifest bias in her opening address, ‘that no matter how well the election is conducted, there are bound to be complaints.’
“This is in addition to the fact that her husband, Hon. Adamu Mohammed Bulkachuwa, is a frontline leader of the APC, which is a party in our case before the tribunal.
“With these developments, it is certain that there is no way the PDP can obtain justice with Justice Bulkachuwa in the panel.”
Recall that Legit.ng reported that PDP on Thursday, May 9, revealed that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the president of the panel in the Court of Appeal sitting the over the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar is the wife of Adamu Mohammed Bulkachuwa, a senator-elect on the platform of the APC.
In the fear that Justice Bulkachuwa will be biased in her verdict, the PDP in a letter demanded that she quit her position in the panel.
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