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Nigeria opposition candidate appeals election decision to Supreme Court

[JURIST] Nigerian opposition leader and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari [campaign website] has asked the Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] to review last week's decision by the country's election tribunal to uphold the results of last year's disputed presidential elections [JURIST reports], according to Monday statements by Buhari's lawyer. Buhari alleges that the election was marred by rampant fraud, but the Nigerian Presidential Petitions Election Tribunal ruled that there was no evidence of malfeasance and upheld results showing victory for Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile]. BBC News has more. Reuters has additional coverage. The Tide Online has local coverage.

In April 2007, the Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the winner of the country's presidential elections [JURIST report] to be Yar'Adua, prompting challenges from rival candidates Buhari and former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [JURIST news archive]. European Union and NGO observers echoed opposition leaders in their sharp criticism of the poll [JURIST report]. As part of the six-month-long challenge, the election tribunal ordered the INEC to turn over certified copies of the ballots [JURIST report] and provide information on all officials and staff employed for the elections.

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