Nigeria opposition slams candidate's treason case

AP News
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 1:13 PM
Nigeria opposition slams candidate's treason case

A Nigerian opposition party has condemned a treason and felony case against an opposition candidate two weeks before polls.

A spokesman for the Action Congress of Nigeria said Wednesday the charges against Akwa Ibom State gubernatorial candidate John James Akpan Udoedehe are "politically motivated."

Court documents show Udoedehe was arraigned Tuesday for conspiring to "levy war against the state," and for an attack on the incumbent candidate.

The case is a fallout of a clash between supporters of the two parties that left four people dead and more than 200 cars torched.

The opposition party says it cannot be held responsible for mob action. The state government declined comment, saying it did not want to be in contempt of court.