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Atiku vs Buhari: Appeal Court president refuses to excuse self

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has fixed May 22 for hearing in an application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential competitor, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, soliciting the withdrawal from council director, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, from the board.

The council fixed the date after its executive and leader of the Court of Appeal, Bulkachuwa would not pull back from the board hearing the interests recorded by the PDP and Atiku.

The procedures were led amid substantial security nearness, coming about into a bar of the considerable number of streets prompting the setting of the council by outfitted police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps.

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At the continued continuing on the request stamped, CA/PEPC/002/2019, yesterday through his lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), connected for a private group of onlookers with the five-person board council headed by Bulkachuwa.

Either direction did not contradict the oral application to President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), nor that of the APC, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).

Following the tremendous help the said application got, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which at first tested the solicitation through its legal advisor, Mr. Yunus Uztaz (SAN), later surrendered to the application.

Therefore, the board affirmed a remain down on the issue even as it enabled every one of the gatherings to assign two attorneys each to go to the group.

At the said gathering, the leader of the Court of Appeal was influenced by advice to the applicants to save herself from knowledge about the interests.

In the wake of rising out of the gathering, Bulkachuwa said that the solicitors’ legitimate group driven by Uzochukwu had at requested that she recuse herself from the board.

Bulkachuwa said the solicitation by the Uzochukwu pursued a before letter she got from the PDP’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, additionally requesting she saved herself from further investment in the board.

She said since the issue is as of now in open space, it would be appropriate that the applicants record a formal application with that impact in open court so the court can run on it.

Reacting, Uzoukwu told the board that the solicitors would unfailingly record their application today, May 16, and looked for a short dismissal.

While Ustaz said they were not restricted to the application, Olanipekun said he was prepared to react to the user if the solicitors were ready to move the application orally.

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He said if the solicitors lean toward a formal application, at that point, they will request the typical seven days given by the law to react.

Lateef Fagbemi said he lined up with Olanipekun’s position. Thus, Bulkachuwa stated: “Application yet to be documented is deferred to May 22 for hearing.”

In the interim, the court has requested the administration of the appeal of the Coalition for Change (C4C) on Buhari through substituted administration.

The court requested that the appeal on Buhari be served through any of the national officers of the APC at the gathering’s national base camp at No. 40 Blantyre road, Wuse 2, Abuja.

The request was a spin-off of an application moved by legal advisor of the C4C, Obed Aguh.