Zainab Bulkachuwa: Love or Duty.
There is a famous quote by Jon Snow in the last episode of Game of Thrones that perfectly fits “Love is the death of duty” and the reply from Tyrion is emphatically epic “Sometimes Duty is the death of Love”.
The Case by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the withdrawal of Zainab Bulkachuwa from the five-panel member of the Presidential Election petition Tribunal is gathering momentum and one that should be addressed for further precedence to be honest.
In a petition received in the Court of Appeal president’s office, PDP said that as the chairman of the panel, Mrs Bulkachuwa would likely be biased in the handling of the tribunal’s proceedings.
This, the party said, was because of her ties to family members belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
PDP specifically said Mrs Bulkachuwa’s husband, Adamu Bulkachuwa, contested and won the Bauchi North Senatorial District election on the platform of the APC during the February 23, 2019 poll. The Son is also an APC card carrying member and actively involved in politics.
The Real question is would she put Duty over Love (family) or would it be the other way around?
Another question is if the PDP wins this, wouldn’t it set a dangerous precedent for every Judiciary representative and if there is any form of relationship then the person must either step down or not get involved at all regardless of the competence of that person.
Also are we saying that people cannot be fair or objective in carrying out their lawfully constituted duty even if family is on the other side of the divide? I have spoken to Lawyers that have been before a judge that ruled against his family members so why is this such a big issue now? My thoughts after reading arguments for and against this petition is that the PDP should have actually waited for evidences of such bias before constituting such a petition because how do they now prove that she would be bias, for someone that is sworn to preserve justice and be fair at all times in carrying out her constituted duties.
If the decision was left to me two things would suffix either she actually willing steps down, of her own freewill without any pressure from any external force, considering she might not be able to remain objective in her decision or that petition be thrown out. Because if we have to argue after every judge being biased because of relationship, religion, tribe, culture or beliefs then we will never get justice served at all. Zainab is in her constitutional rights to remain on that panel. It is left for her to be fair and true to the oath she has taken to be fair and objective in all her rulings. What do you all think, let me know your thoughts?
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.