Nigeria: Court removes injunction for ruling party

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian judge says the country's ruling party can hold its first meeting led by the nation's acting president, despite an injunction filed yesterday to stop it.

Judge Abubakar Talba on Tuesday threw out an injunction that halted the party from holding the meeting following a lawsuit filed by 19 prominent members recently suspended by its leadership. The court ruling orders the People's Democratic Party not to discuss the members' suspensions.

The meeting comes amid tension over who will serve as the party's candidate in the upcoming 2011 election.

It also follows the indictment of the party's chairman on accusations of embezzlement, which some say is a political act to clear the way for Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to run in elections.