Nigeria high court upholds Obasanjo election victory Tom Henry at 8:03 AM ET
[JURIST] Nigeria's Supreme Court Friday turned back a challenge to the legitimacy of the 2003 election victory of President Olusegun Obasanjo [Wikipedia profile; official website], affirming a lower court ruling and putting an end to a lawsuit over alleged vote rigging. The legal challenge was spearheaded by former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari [Wikipedia profile] who claimed that at least 16 of Nigeria's 36 states were marred by fraudulent voting. In upholding the 2003 result, Nigeria's Chief Justice Muhammadu Uwais was adamant that "the election was conducted substantially in compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act." Reuters has more.
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