Atiku’s Lead Counsel Asks Bulkachukwu to Appoint Replacement for Election Petition Tribubal, Says There’s No Time

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Livy Uzoukwu, Lead Counsel for 2019 Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has asked the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachukwu, to appoint her replacement on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), had on Friday, sent a letter to Justice Bulkachukwu stating that they were running out of time as the Petition tribunal is yet to replace Bulkachukwu who withdrew from the five-man tribunal on May 22 following an allegation of her likelihood to be biased on the case.

They expressed their worry over losing time and its effect on the case considering stringent requirements of keeping to the petition’s calendar.

The letter, signed in proxy of Dr. Livy by Silas Joseph, a member of the legal team reads thus:

“I have the authority of the Lead Counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN) to write this letter. My Lord will recall that on 22nd May 2019, the above-mentioned Petition came up for a motion requesting that my Lord to recuse herself from further presiding or participating in this Petition. At the end of the proceedings, my Lord graciously recused herself on personal grounds and promised to appoint another Justice to continue with the Petition,” the letter read.

“My Lord, it is 9 (nine) days since the date my Lord recused himself and nothing has been heard regarding the replacement that was to be made thereafter.

“We pray my Lord to act timeously in appointing a replacement so that we will get a hearing notice and continue with the petition in the interest of justice.”

The petitioners for the presidential election filed their case on March 18, 2019 now have only 103 days for the hearing of their case.

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