The President of the Court of Appeal and Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), Justice Zainab Bulkachua withrew on Wednesday from the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku and the PDP are, by their petition, challenging the outcome of the last presidential election, won by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
They alleged, in a motion, that Justice Bulkachuwa was likely to be biased in view of her husband and son being members of the APC.
In a ruling in the evening, the five-man PEPT rejected the motion by Atiku and his party for being unmeritorious.
But, justice Bulkachuwa, elected to exclude herself from the tribunal “on personal grounds.”
She said anew member would be appointed in her place and that the other four members of the tribunal could proceed to deal with preliminary issues In relation to the four petitions currently pending before the tribunal.