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Thursday, 23 April, 1998, 22:19 GMT 23:19 UK
Lawsuit in Nigeria against General Abacha's nomination

A lawsuit has been filed with the constitutional court in Nigeria against the decision by all five legal political parties to adopt the country's military leader, General Sani Abacha, as their candidate for president.

The suit was filed by one of the prospective candidates for the opposition Grassroots Democratic Movement, Tunje Braithwaite, after his party also adopted General Abacha as its candidate.

A BBC Correspondent in Lagos says that although the court action is unlikely to be successful, it is part of a growing number of protests against the government's decision earlier this week to call off presidential elections due in August.

The government says there is only a need for a referendum.

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