“The attention of our party, the PDP has been drawn to a press statement issued by President Buhari alluding to corruption allegations against the person of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa”.
The above was the statement made by the Peoples Democratic Party, on the heels of what the party termed as “allegation and the nefarious plot to bring the name of our party into its narrative”, the PDP therefore charged the Buhari Presidency to come clean on the corruption allegation it opened on Justice Bulkachuwa.
The party also observed that: “Since the President 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 opposition party called on the Presidency to take a step further by pursuing the 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 dragging the party into issues.
The party expressed concern that since the Presidency has informed the whole nation that Justice Bulkachuwa has issues of corruption, the APC-led government should do the needful rather than engaging in “shadow-boxing against our party”. Moreover, in the face of corruption allegations, PDP noted that, the burden still lies on the same Presidency to come clean.
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 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”, said the PDP.
Nevertheless, the People's Democratic Party restated its 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".