After a painful wait for PDP and its presidential candidate in the February 23rd 2019 Presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to get Justice Bulkachawa of the Court of Appeal to name her replacement on the five man bench to preside over the Presidential election Petition Tribunal, the wait it appears is now over.
You will recall that about two weeks ago, Justice Bulkachawa recused herself on personal grounds from the panel after much uproar had been created by Atiku and the PDP team.
Justice M.L Garba has now been announced as Bulkachawa’s replacement.
And this in effect means that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will now be headed by the Justice who is a Presiding Justice of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal.
A Little About Justice M. L. Garba
Hon. Justice M. L. Garba according to the seniority list of Justices of the Court of Appeal on this Court’s website as at November 2017 is the third most ranking Justice of the Court.
He was also a member of the FCT High Court. The FCT High Court as one of the Judicial body of the Federal Capital Territory Judiciary, is established by Section 255 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. It is under the leadership of the Honourable Chief Judge who is also the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Judicial Service Committee.
Hon. Justice S. Garba hails from Malumfashi Local Gov’t Area of Katsina State. He was called to Bar in 1984 and completed his National Youth Service the following year. He was in active law practice between 1985 and 1989, then was appointed as a magistrate in the FCT High Court, Abuja in 1989. He became the Chief Registrar of FCT High Court, Abuja in 1997 then was appointed as a Judge in the FCT High Court, Abuja in 1998. He is married with children and his hobbies include traveling.
As it stands, this is the man that will lead the charge in possibly upholding Atiku’s claims and declaring him winner of the 2019 Presidential election or upholding the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari who has just been sworn for for his second term having been declared the winner of the February 23 Presidential election. Either way, Nigerians wait in bated breadth to see what the outcome of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will be.
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