Nigerian Court Leaves Challenger Buhari Free to Run in Presidential Race

A Nigerian court on Wednesday effectively blocked an attempt to bar the main opposition candidate from running in what looks set to be the closest presidential race since military rule ended in 1999. The court adjourned the case until April 22, leaving Muhammadu Buhari free to stand against President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 election. Jonathan's supporters had sought to disqualify the former military ruler on the grounds that he had forged his secondary school certificate, a charge the ruling People's Democratic Party has widely publicized and which is seen more as a smear campaign than a serious accusation.