The attention of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been
drawn to a press statement issued by the Buhari Presidency alluding to
corruption allegations against the person of the President of the Court
of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.
On account of this allegation and the nefarious plot to bring the name
of our party into its narrative, the PDP charges the Buhari Presidency
to come clear on the corruption allegation it opened on Justice
The party says since the Buhari Presidency 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
In doing that, the Presidency will be ranching on its established
course, having hit the records of harassing and intimidating judicial
officials; abuse of court processes and disregard for court orders.
Our party holds that this Buhari 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.
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.
National Publicity Secretary