Nigeria court exempts 5 governors from April polls

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Posted: Feb 24, 2011 7:11 AM
Nigeria court exempts 5 governors from April polls

A Nigerian court has exempted five ruling party governors from facing re-election in April as their terms have not yet expired.

Judge Adamu Bello of the Abuja Federal High Court said Wednesday that five governors who took office a year after most other state governors could not face elections "until 60 days to the expiration of (their four-year) tenures."

He said it was "unlawful" and "illegal" for the electoral body to organize elections in those states.

Courts nullified 2007 results for Kogi, Sokoto, Cross River, Adamawa and Bayelsa states. Those governors all won elections in 2008.

The ruling party governs 27 out of 36 states, but April polls are to decide new governors, new members of the National Assembly, and a new president.