Nigeria: Ruling party leader faces fraud charges, AF

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian court has issued fraud charges against the ruling party chairman over his alleged acts of corruption as a government minister in 2001.

Vincent Ogbulafor faces 16 counts accusing him of funneling millions of dollars toward fictitious projects during his service as minister of special duties.

Monday's charges come after Ogbulafor said Acting President Goodluck Jonathan could not run as a presidential candidate in the 2011 election. Ogbulafor had said that the next president must be from the Muslim north to satisfy an internal power-sharing agreement in the party.

Jonathan, a Christian from the south, came to power after elected President Umaru Yar'Adua, a Muslim, fell ill. Yar'Adua hasn't been seen publicly from months.