Nigeria`s ruling party chairman resigns over fraud charges

Vincent Ogbulafor, the chairman of Nigeria`s ruling PDP has resigned after facing fraud charges in court.

Last Updated: May 14, 2010, 22:03 PM IST

Abuja: Vincent Ogbulafor, the chairman of
Nigeria`s ruling Peoples Democratic Party has resigned after
facing fraud charges in court.

Ogbulafor was charged with fraudulently earning USD
1.5 million when he was a minister under a previous
administration. A 14-count charge was brought against him and
three others in a Abuja court on Monday but he denied the
charges.

According to analysts, the charge against Ogbulafor is
a typical Nigerian scenario where senior officials face some
arm twisting in order to cave in to some demands from higher
authorities.

Recently, Ogbulafor has insisted that a zoning formula
adopted by the ruling party to select presidential candidates
must be followed but incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan who
took over from late President Umaru Yar`Adua last week appears
to be against zoning.

If rotation is followed, Jonathan will not be able to
contest for presidency in next elections because he comes from
the south while the position is supposed to remain in the
north for the next four years after the 2011 polls.

Jonathan has not personally indicated his interest to
contest for the presidency but his aides have said he would.

PTI