Doosuur Iwambe, AbujaAhead of the 2019 General Elections, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa has setup Election Petition Tribunals across the 36 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Also set up is the Presidential Election Tribunal in Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal. A statement signed by the Court of Appeal Media Officer, Saadatu Musa Kachalla revealed that the move is in line with section 285 (1) and (2) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. The section expressly gives Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa the Judicial powers to establish such Tribunals. In a letter to the Secretaries and Staff of the Tribunals who were drawn from the 16 Divisions of the Court of Appeal, Justice Bulkachuwa warned that the Court will not hesitate to discipline any officer found wanting in the cause of carrying out their assignment. “I urged them to uphold the good image of the Court by being upright in the discharge of their duties”. It could be recalled be recalled that Justice Bulkachuwa with the input of the Chief Judges, the Nigerian Bar Association had carefully selected the Judges for the job. They were sworn-in on January 26, 2019.
Meanwhile the Court of Appeal in conjunction with the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) on Tuesday organised a two-day mandatory training for the Election Petition Tribunal Justices and judges.