The Presidential election petition tribunal has scheduled May 22, to entertain an application seeking Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from sitting over the five-man panel.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)/had asked Justice Bulkachuwa to rescue herself from Presiding over petition filed by the party and Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, challenging the outcome of the February 23 president election.
Counsel for both PDP and Abubakar, Levy Uzoukwu had earlier filed an oral application to be granted permission for all counsel to meet with the members of the panel in chambers.
Bulkachuwa went ahead to grant the request by ordering a stand down on the matter.
Upon their arrival from chambers, Bulkachuwa immediately disclosed in the open court the informal call by the petitioners for her to withdraw from participating in the hearing of their petition.
She, however, said such an action must be formally placed before the court through an application that should be argued by all parties.
“The counsel for the two petitioners have raised an issue in chambers directing me to recuse myself from hearing their petition,” she said.
“This matter has initially been brought to my attention in a letter from the office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, dated May 8.
“Their request is now in a public domain, but the counsel for the petitioners must approach the court with a formal application.’’