ABUJA, Nigeria — The Nigerian presidential election, the first in a decade in Africa's most populous country, will go ahead today as planned despite a court ruling ordering a postponement, officials said Friday.
" . . . I wish to restate that the presidential election scheduled for tomorrow . . . will go on as planned," Humphrey Nwosu, chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), told a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria's federal capital.
Nwosu's announcement appeared to put Nigeria's program for the return of civilian rule back on track and ended a day of high political drama.
The United States earlier had told Nigeria, a key African ally and oil supplier, that it would be gravely concerned by any further delay in the return to civilian rule.