VOA News – Nigerian Court Favors Vice President in Dispute with President

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By Gilbert da Costa
20 February 2007

A Nigerian court Tuesday ruled that President Olusegun Obasanjo has no power to remove the country’s vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who is facing charges of corruption. Gilbert da Costa reports from Abuja that the ruling has eased political tension in the country in weeks before elections in April.

In a ruling that lasted about 90 minutes, the five-member panel of judges of the Court of Appeal – Nigeria’s second highest court – said the Nigerian constitution is clear on conditions for removing the vice president.

The judges acknowledged that while the constitution expects the president and the vice president to be of the same political party for the purpose of nomination to contest elections, the constitution did not require their removal in the event that they joined another political party after assuming office.

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