It’s been 9 days since Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa stepped down from Atiku’s case. Now, the issue posed by her recent act is who her replacement on the 5-man tribunal will be. Atiku and his team have therefore filed a petition to request a replacement as time is quickly running out.
According to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010, an election petition has to be attended to within 180 days from the time of the filing of such petition. 77 days have so far been chopped off the 180 days provided. This has included unnecessary delays contributed by the tribunal. The further delay posed by the lack of replacement will consume more time granted by the Electoral act on the issue. The petition to request replacement has been officially been filed, it is left for the justice to respond to the petition. Hopefully, Bulkachukwa’s replacement will be unbiased unless more time will be wasted going around trying to file more petitions to address the issue.