Nigerian court rejects challenge to Jonathan win

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Posted: Dec 28, 2011 4:28 AM
Nigerian court rejects challenge to Jonathan win

Abuja (Reuters) - Nigeria's Supreme Court threw out a challenge to President Goodluck Jonathan's victory in April 16 elections, upholding the result and rejecting calls by the main opposition party for a recount in several parts of the country.

Jonathan was declared winner with 59 percent of the vote but his nearest rival, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, who scored 32 percent, refused to accept the outcome.

Buhari's Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) party filed a petition to challenge it in May.

(Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Chijioke Ohuocha; Editing by Louise Ireland)