The President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has hinted that a female judge will be drafted to replace her at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
Justice Bulkachuwa dropped the hint on Wednesday shortly after stepping down as the head.
Though, the Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed the application of the PDP and Atiku claiming it failed to prove any bias on the side of the President of the Appeal Court and against Section 42 of the Nigerian Constitution which prohibited gender discrimination.
However, Justice Bulkachuwa opted to withdraw from the panel for “personal reasons”.
Speaking after stepping down, Bulkachuwa joked that she hoped the parties would not accuse the next female judge of “bias”.
Sources at the Court of Appeal say the second most senior judge, Justice Monica Dongban-Menssem of the Enugu Division of the court may resume on the panel.
The next most senior female judge is Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju of Benin Division.
Daily Trust gathered that there are no plans to reconstitute the panel which has Justices Abdu Aboki, Peter Ige, Samuel Oseji and Joseph Ikyegh as members.